Tony Watch: Candy Spelling’s Fred Astaire Fantasy; Revenge Of The Bunheads

Candy Spelling is in New York this week, promoting her latest autobiography Candy At Last and checking in on the fourth Broadway show she’s taken on, following Promises, Promises; How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying and Nice Work If You Can Get It. Her current show is After Midnight, which started out as an Encores! concert at City Center and features Wynton Marsalis’s Jazz At Lincoln Center All-Stars playing the music of Duke Ellington and others, in a setting reminiscent of the Cotton Club.

“I grew up loving jazz, and I wanted to be Fred Astaire when I was a little girl,” she says. In this case, she also wanted to work with After Midnight’s vast phalanx of producers led by veterans Scott Sanders and Roy Furman. “Doing this one took me beyond what I’ve done before,” Spelling told me. “I wanted to be part of really producing it. Any time you invest in anything, it’s a risk, and each producer has a different style. They were very welcoming — Scott really makes it a family.”

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