Winner of the Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Banks Circle and Astaire Awards for Best Choreography,
After Midnight is a celebration of Harlem’s legendary Cotton Club. The review features 25 vocalists,
including Parham, dancers and tappers, joined by a 17-piece big band created by Wynton
Marsalis. The show also includes a rotating list of headliners, with Patti LaBelle
joining the cast through June 29. Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole will be featured
later this summer. After Midnight is directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle.
Parham graduated from Illinois Wesleyan in 2007 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in music theatre. Previously she played the role of Serena in the 2012 Tony Award-winning production
of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess and also appeared in the Broadway revival of Ragtime. Her regional credits include Porgy and Bess, Ragtime, For the Glory and many others.
“I don’t think I could have been on Broadway at such a young age without Illinois
Wesleyan’s intense music theatre training,” Parham said. “The professionalism exhibited
by my professors set a very high standard for myself and my peers, and that standard
has become what I expect from any theatre experience.”
After Midnight received seven Tony nominations including Best Musical, Best Costume Design and Best