By Nadia Noir

Give our regards to Broadway, Vanessa Williams. The singer and actress is following in the footsteps of Babyface and Toni Braxton and joining Broadyway’s show “After Midnight” which goes into Duke Ellignton’s reign at the infamous Cotton Club.

“It’s an honor to jump in. It’s a well-oiled machine, up and running and I think it’ll be a perfect fit,” Williams said in an interview.

The almost 51-year-old actress will sing four songs including “I’ve Got the World on a Strong,” “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” and “Stormy Weather.”

“It’ll be me,” Williams said of the character played by vastly different people including k.d. lang. “It won’t be k.d. lang. It’ll be me. The people that know me know what I bring. I love the music and it’s our history. This is the music of African-Americans in New York.”

She’s most looking forward to singing “Stormy Weather.”

“Lena Horne is such an icon for me and her performance is emblazoned in my mind,” she said. “To be able to do my version is phenomenal.”


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