Vanessa Williams is the latest star to join the revolving list of entertainers for Broadway’s “After Midnight,” a show celebrating Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club nightclub.
According to the AP, the actress, singer and former Miss America took in a matinee performance on Wednesday, then broke it to the cast backstage that she has signed on for a run.
“It’s an honor to jump in. It’s a well-oiled machine, up and running and I think it’ll be a perfect fit,” Williams said afterward. She agreed to the gig before ever seeing the show and says it was an “easy, easy” decision to jump in.
Williams, who next month turns 51, will start as a guest vocalist on April 1 and end May 11, replacing Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Toni Braxton, who in turn replaced k.d. lang. Lang took over from Fantasia Barrino, who originated the part at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.