Amber Riley, "Glee" Star, Set for City Center's "Cotton Club Parade"

July 31, 2012 12:00 AM

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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”) "

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