The Broadway musical that celebrates Harlem’s Cotton Club and the life of Duke Ellington is sadly coming to an end this month. According to reports, Tony Awards-winning After Midnight will close its doors on June 29 due to lackluster box office sales.
“Despite its splashy opening number on the CBS awards telecast, it appears not to have seen a significant enough boost at the box office to stick out the summer months,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. “The show has played to modest business throughout its eight-month run, registering its strongest week over Christmas, with box office of $891,410.”
If you’re familiar with the jazzy musical, then you know it featured a rotating roster of guest stars like Fantasia Barrino, Toni Braxton, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, and Vanessa Williams. This summer, Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole were scheduled to put their own twist on songs like “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” ”Stormy Weather” and ”On the Sunny Side of the Street”. Patti LaBelle is the show’s current star, but unfortunately casting didn’t prove enough to sustain the production.
By the end of its run, sources say After Midnight will have played for 19 previews and 272 regular performances. If you haven’t already, you have two more weeks to see the lively show!
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1. 10 Artists To Watch This Summer
With the warm weather creeping in and clothes falling off, it's time to kick back and pick up a beer at the neighborhood BBQ while enjoying music from these hot new artist. From Tinashe to Mila J, these newcomers are adding new flavor to the game! #TeamBeautiful has our eye on these future stars.
LA bred singer Tinashe is just 21-years-old and already off to a solid start in the game. With two successful mixtapes under her belt, ("In Case We Die" and "Reverie"), the RCA Records signee has teamed up with Schoolboy Q for the summer smash "2 On" and is currently working on her debut album set for release later this year. Keep an eye out for this beauty, she's going to be big! Check out "2 On" right here.
3. Mila J
LA native Mila J started her career as a member of the girl groups Gyrl and Dame Four before officially going solo. She's known for her work with IMX and Omarion and also for being Jhene Aiko's older sister. Although Mila J previously released music that failed to gain recognition from the charts, the success of her latest, "Smoke, Drink, Break Up" is proving that this time will be quite different.
4. Jade Alston
Philadelphia’s own, Jade Alston, exploded on the scene with her debut mixtape, "Single On A Saturday Night" almost two years ago and followed up with her second project the next year. Her style and heavy vocals have been compared to those of Jazmine Sullivan but Alston is proving that she's one of a kind. Still unsigned, the songstress is working on her debut album, We Will Live, which is due for release in 2014.
In 2013, New Jersey native SZA released her EP “S” and caught the eyes of Top Dawg Entertainment, the record label featuring rappers Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and the rest of their Black Hippy crew. Now, SZA holds the title of the TDE First Lady and this year she plans to release her follow-up EP, “Z.” With K.Dot and Schoolboy Q in her corner, SZA is sure to become a legend.
6. Mali Music
Mali Music is projected to be one of the most appreciated multi-genre singers. He's cited neo-soul artists Bilal and D'Angelo as his biggest influences but hails from a heavy gospel background. Prior to making his debut as a singer, Mali earned recognition as a producer and worked with artist such as Crystal Aiken. Currently, he is preparing to debut his secular sound to his fans on his 2014 project, "Mali Is."
7. George Tandy, Jr.
George Tandy, Jr.'s rise to stardom is quite the interesting story. The Virginia native moved to Florida to pursue music and found work as a Starbucks barista where he gave a copy of his demo to Cima Georgevich, the CEO of RedStar Entertainment and a frequent Starbucks customer. It was his lucky day because the label signed Tandy. He released his debut single "March" in September 2013 and the rest is history!
8. Eric Bellinger
As the grandson of Jackson 5 songwriter Bobby Day, Eric Bellinger's destiny precedes him. After turning down college to pursue music full time, he signed to Epic Records and found a new passion in songwriting. His songs have been recorded by UK's Chipmunk, Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush, Selena Gomez and more. It's clear that Eric Bellinger is an all star talent with many hats and is sure to go far in the industry!
British producer, singer and songwriter, Sampha, is known for his collaborative work with Drake ("Too Much"- Nothing Was The Same), Solange, Katy B, SBTRKT and many others. He's released two solo EPs: Sundanza (2010) and Dual (2013), both of which achieved great success. His distinctive soft voice is what sets him apart in the music industry and I'm sure we'll be hearing more of Sampha this summer.
10. Candice Glover
As the 12th winner of American Idol, Candice Glover is a force to be reckoned with. After auditioning for the show three times, she finally landed a spot on the live episodes of American Idol and went on to beat her opponent, Kree Harrison, in the final round. Her debut album, Music Speaks, was released earlier this year with the album's second single, "Cried" reaching number one on the R&B charts.
11. Sebastian Mikael
At 24-years-old, Sebastian Mikael is making timeless music for all generations. The classically trained singer-songwriter moved from Sweden to America in 2008 to study music and later released his first mixtape, J’Adore. After gaining the attention of music veteran Sylvia Rhone, Sebastian Mikael signed a deal with Epic Records and is currently working working on his debut album.