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k.d. lang Makes Jazzy Broadway Debut

k.d. lang Makes Jazzy Broadway Debut

Grammy Award-winning artist k.d. lang will make her Broadway debut in After Midnight, a new musical combining Duke Ellington's music, Langston Hughes's poetry and performances by 25 vocalists and dancers.

lang will be the second "Special Guest Star" after fellow Grammy Award-winner Fantasia. After Midnight aims to echo the Cotton Club's tradition of featuring popular artists in limited engagements during the musical's run. In addition to Hughes and Ellington's genius, not to mention that of Fantasia and lang, the show will feature nine-time Grammy Award-winner Wynton Marsalis's talented orchestra performing the sultry tunes made famous in Harlem's most iconic Jazz Age nightclub.

lang is no stranger to mixing old school crooning and feisty contemporary. Originally an alternative country singer tinged with a rockabilly twang and punk style, lang achieved popular success with her album Absolute Torch and Twang before also beautifully covering Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and Roy Orbison's "Crying." Her impressive style range will be an excellent addition to After Midnight.

Preview performances of After Midnight begin Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre; the official opening night is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013. k.d. lang's engagement begins Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, and continues until Sunday, March 9, 2014. Tickets for lang's engagement are on sale Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.

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