Vanessa Williams is headed to Broadway for the fifth time! On April 1st, she’ll begin her run with the production “After Midnight.” Williams made her Broadway debut starring in “Kiss of the Spider Woman” in 1994. Having seen the Oscar award winning film, there was no way I was going to miss her in that production, she was phenomenal.
“After Midnight” opened on November 13th of last year featuring Fantasia Barrino. k.d. lang stepped into the role on February 11th of this year, her run ends on March 9th. Toni Braxton and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds will take the stage on March 18th through the 30th. The two of them currently have the new CD “Love, Marriage & Divorce” in stores http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2014/02/10/the-funky-rb-duo/ . Williams will take part in the show through May 11th. Dule Hill, Adriane Lenox, Julius Chisholm, Virgil J. Gadson, and Karine Plantadit, are others among the cast of “After Midnight.”
Vanessa recently wrapped her forth run on the Great White Way, in “A Trip to Bountiful” in October, opposite Tony Award winner Cicely Tyson and Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. She followed up that run with a remake of the film of the same name, that also starred Tyson and Blair Underwood. It premiered on the Lifetime channel on February 22nd, and airs again on March 8th; 9th; and 10th. Williams’ second Broadway appearance was in 2002 as the witch in the family show, “Into the Woods.” The play did twists on popular fairy tales, infusing them with an adult sense of, what happens after the “Happily Ever After.” The score for it is one of Stephen Sondheim’s most popular, and in 2010, she appeared among the cast of “Sondheim on Sondheim” in her third Broadway appearance.
Other stage productions that Williams was also featured in include “Carmen Jones” at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.; the off-Broadway productions of “One Man Band” and “Checkmates.” She also performed in the New York City Center’s Encores Great American Musicals in Concert, “St. Louis Woman.”
At this point Vanessa Williams is an all around entertainer. The first black Miss America, she’s a platinum selling recording artist; has starred in several feature films; and had amazing success on television and stage. I’m honored to have been in her presence, on several occasions.
for the LOVE of Vanessa Williams