Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole to Star in After Midnight

The all-star singers have been announced as the next big names to guest-star in the Tony Award-nominated show. 

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Patti LaBelle

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The revolving lineup of R&B heavyweights keeps coming for the newly Tony Award-nominated musical After Midnight.

According to the Associated Press, producers for the show, which earned seven Tony nods on Tuesday, including one for best musical, have confirmed that Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole will guest-star in the revue this summer. The show, which celebrates Duke Ellington's years at the famed Harlem Cotton Club, features pieces by Ellington, Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields and Harold Arlen and is framed by the poetry of Langston Hughes. The singers won't be onstage at the same time but will take turns as special guest stars.

LaBelle will host performances from June 10-29, Knight takes July 8-Aug. 3, and Cole will appear from Aug. 5-31 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, the Associated Press reports.

Each songstress will offer her own take on the jazz classics "I Can't Give You Anything but Love," "Stormy Weather," "On the Sunny Side of the Street" and "Zaz Zuh Zaz."

Fantasia Barrino, Toni Braxton, Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, Vanessa Williams and k.d. lang have all guest-starred in the show.

Read more at the Associated Press.

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