Norwegian Cruise Line has announced that three award-winning Broadway songstresses, Melinda Doolittle, Sharon Wilkins, and Melba Moore, will be performing in the musical After Midnight as well as their own Supper Club Cabaret Show aboard Norwegian Escape beginning August 19, 2018.
The increase in star power is in response to the wonderful reception of Broadway’s own Brenda Braxton, who has routinely starred in After Midnight on Escape since the ship’s debut in 2015.
Melinda Doolittle and Sharon Wilkins
Beginning August 19, American Idol alumnus and soul singer Melinda Doolittle will make her at-sea debut as the lead in the show After Midnight, which celebrates Duke Ellington’s time at Harlem’s famed Cotton Club during the Jazz Age. She will perform for six weeks on the ship with Broadway veteran and television actress, Sharon Wilkins, taking over the role on September 30. Wilkins has performed in films and television series including Maid in Manhattan, National Treasure, Law and Order: SVU, and Rescue Me. She will perform until December 9, and will reprise her role in February 2019.
From December 9, 2018 to February 2, 2019, three-time Grammy Award-nominated and Tony Award-winning R&B singer Melba Moore will take over for Wilkins as the lead in the show. Moore has long been a prominent Broadway vocalist with performances in Hair, Les Misérables, and Purlie, where she won the Tony Award for best performance by a featured actress in a musical in 1970.
In addition to performing in After Midnight in the ship’s main theater, the three stars will host their own Cabaret Show in The Supper Club, offering guests a more intimate performance with a three-piece band.
Norwegian Escape‘s entertainment schedule features a rotation of these stars well into the 2019 cruise season.