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“Glee” star Amber Riley will join three original cast members of “Duke Ellington’s Cotton Club Parade” when the revue returns to City Center for seven performances in November.
“Cotton Club Parade” celebrates Ellington’s years at the Harlem nightclub in the 1920s and '30s, when the famed venue featured big band swing and blues. According to press notes, the show will feature singers, dancers and variety acts, with songs by Jimmy McHugh and Dorothy Fields (“I Can’t Give You Anything But Love”), Harold Arlen (“Stormy Weather”), and Duke Ellington (“Rockin’ in Rhythm,” “Cotton Club Stomp,” “Black and Tan Fantasy,” and “Creole Love Call”).
The show originally opened at City Center last November, for a six-performance run top critics called “thrilling.” Riley will be joined by that production’s original stars Brandon Victor Dixon (a Tony nominee for “The Color Purple”), Jared Grimes and Adriane Lenox (a Tony winner for “Doubt”).
Cotton Club Parade will again be directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, with music direction by Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis.
Riley, who stars as Mercedes Jones on Fox’s hit musical comedy, has performed on stage in numerous productions, including “Mystery on the Docks” with the Los Angeles Opera.
The road between “Glee” and the New York stage has long been a two-way street. Riley’s “Glee” co-star, Lea Michele, got her start on Broadway in “Les Miz.” Fellow actor Darren Criss made his Broadway debut last year as a replacement for Daniel Radcliffe in “How to Succeed....”
“Cotton Club Parade” will run for seven performances, November 14–18, 2012. Tickets start at $29 and will be available starting August 13 at the New York City Center Box Office (West 55th Street between 6th and 7th Avenues), through CityTix® at 212-581-1212, or online at NYCityCenter.org.