AFTER MIDNIGHT is a new Broadway musical which highlights Duke Ellington’s music and Harlem’s Golden Age into the 21st century. The Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars were featured on stage and were a sight to see. Each member of the band seemed to be having the time of their lives. However, there was no real plot or premise besides music and dancing which made the show fall flat.
Dule Hill struggles both vocally and with his lines. His delivery was cringe worthy but his saving grace was his dancing. He seemed to come alive when he moved his feet. Fantasia Barrino stole the spotlight. She is a true performer who can scat like nobody’s business. When she sang “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” I was so moved, I felt tears welling up in my eyes. Each time she graced the stage she was mesmerizing and you couldn’t help but find joy in her performance.
I’m a sucker for a good tap dance number. Thankfully there were a few sprinkled throughout the show which added an exhilarating twist. Costume choices by Isabel Toledo seemed very odd. For the men, pairing a formal vest with what looked like Adidas pants was confusing. Many of the women’s dresses were far from flattering which was a shame.
Overall the show had some fun songs and dance numbers. It was 90 minutes without intermission so it was quick and easy but lacked cohesion. More information here: http://www.aftermidnightbroadway.com
Rating: That Is The Question