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While the Emmy-nominated star of The West Wing and Psych appeared onstage in the play Stick Fly in 2011, his last Broadway musical role was in the 1996 production Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk. He studied dance as a child and at age 10 served as understudy to Savion Glover in The Tap Dance Kid before leading the first national tour of that Broadway hit.
Hill will display his song and dance skills in After Midnight in the central role of “The Host.” Using the words of poet Langston Hughes, he will guide the audience through a contemporary reinterpretation of the Harlem Renaissance that took place in the Jazz Age.
Conceived by Jack Viertel, the show will be directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle (Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway), with musical direction by nine-time Grammy-winning jazz great Wynton Marsalis. It begins preview performances on Oct. 18 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, with official opening set for Nov. 3.
An ensemble of 25 vocalists and dancers and a 17-piece big band of musicians handpicked by Marsalis will perform numbers in original arrangements by Duke Ellington.
The production will also headline a rotating series of guest stars, starting with Fantasia Burrino, who is scheduled to appear through Feb. 9, 2014. Additional casting and guests are to be announced.
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