Wynton Marsalis, Fantasia riff on Ellington tunes in 'After Midnight'
Take one American Idol alum and pair her with a master of jazz and what do you get? Some serious tunes, or as Fantasia Barrino calls it, the “meat and potatoes” of music. In the video below, we go behind the scenes with Wynton Marsalis and Fantasia as they prepare for their upcoming Broadway show, After Midnight. The musical features the songs of Duke Ellington and tells the story of his years at the famous Cotton Club in Harlem.
The show opens on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on Nov. 3. Marsalis is the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars and co-created the musical, handpicking the arrangements; Fantasia — who won American Idol in 2004 — stars. Hi-dee-hi-dee-hi-dee-hai!