‘After Midnight’ makes you feel as if you were living in Harlem during the 30s. BY VANESSA

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‘After Midnight’ makes you feel as if you were living in Harlem during the 30s. BY VANESSA FARIA The by-gone era of 1920s and 30s, jam-packed with illicit alcohol, street cars and loud noises, are often remembered as a time when music was more important than content. If that is true, then "After Midnight" is definitely a product of its time. After midnight is an effervescent new Lincoln center jazz venue performed at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The production will mimic the highly acclaimed musical, Cotton Club Parade by inviting special celebrities to take the stage, starring American idol winner Fantasia Barrino, Emmy nominee Dulé Hill and Tony winner Adriane Lenox. It was an era when swing was big in Harlem, after Midnight is a jazz…show more content…
In a present-day twist, everything about the plot and the characters has been recycled from the old days. The performers are energetic and smiling all through the play and there are many things that bring a smile to even the weariest faces, such as balloons, trumpets, tap dancers and a bit of romantic comedy; it all creates stage magic. Another key component that adds a lot of character to this modern spin of the Harlem Renaissance is the exceptional costumes by a Cuban designer, Isabel Toledo; she found enough sparkle, feathers and beads to dress a flapper army. Although the true stars of this play are the performers from the Jazz at Lincoln Center All-stars, it’s clear that the stage gets caught on fire when Fantasia Barrino performed “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love,” her smooth yet fierce voice embraced Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh classic with obvious fondness. Isabel Toledo evidently likes Fantasia’s curvy body, designing to her a well fitting, electric-blue, lampshade skirt. She also interacts with the public when she sang the lesser-known “Zaz Zuh Zaz” (by Cab Calloway and Harry White), inviting the public to be a “part” of this fantastic Jazz extravaganza. It feels like the show, did not want to be seen as an old copy, and indeed, the tricks there are self-explanatory. The notion of combining old school with today’s era has an obvious effect of spicing up the foundation. Yet, it does not eliminate the thought that the cast could’ve

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