TODAY | November 01, 2013
>> that is fantasia. she is singing " sunny side of the street ."
>> she is here with dule hill .
>> we have people that work here that at night are spies on broadway. they saw it this past weekend and said it was fantastic. they said, it's fantasia.
>> actually, when i first came in, they were in rehearsals already and i was able to sit and watch the show. i was blown away just watching the show, thinking, okay, what am i doing here? because you have great tap dancers, great singers. this man right here, oh, my god --
>> he's got his shoes on. he's going to dance for us in a bit. he doesn't know it, but he will.
>> here we go.
>> fantasia this is kind of a guest-starring role so you came in and wynton marsalis is the musical director on this show.
>> doesn't get better than that.
>> tell us about your role.
>> i am myself but i am emboding some great women by the name of billy holiday , really fitzgerald, josephine baker .
>> shoes you have to fill, that's not overwhelming, is it?
>> oh, yes, it is.
>> she fills them very well, i must say. i watch from the winging every day. she's doing it.
>> he messes with me in the wings every day, that's what he does.
>> that's what men do.
>> dule, you are playing the host. your role is?
>> i'm the captain of the ship. i take you on the journey. i greet you at the door and send you on your way.
>> was there a real person at the cotton club who actually did that?
>> i believe so. i wasn't there. but there was always an emcee.
>> frank gifford was and i was.
>> frank, you tell me what happened.
>> in the 1920s , he wasn't but yeah, a legendary time, no doubt.
>> there was always an emcee, whether it was cab or duke. somebody holding it down.
>> there's no real story line, or is there? it's about just the great music.
>> the story line is the time of the music. the time, the music and the experience. of the cotton club .
>> how long are you booked for, fantasia?
>> i'm here for five months, but, you know, i never thought i would say this, i would love to stay longer. i think this is something that was much needed for broadway. jazz music still lives and it is great music.
>> it's amazing. and the dancing. everybody thinks the jackson five started that stuff. it was here long before them.
>> that's true.
>> with wynton at the help, tell us what it was like to work with him, such a legendary jazz great.
>> i was nervous. insay he is music. he is music. i learned so much. in one day, you know, scatting as a vocabulary, another different language.
>> was that natural for you? do a little scatting for us. he's going to do a little tapping.
>> i love it.
>> now bring it home , bring it home . bring it home .
>> oh, she's got it! she's got my job! you see that? you trying to take my job.
>> up next, kathie lee . by the way, that was awesome. if it's this much fun in the theater every night, you're going to do great. thanks for coming to see us.
>> she's trying to take my job.
>> you're our next special guest star .
>> next, all the buzz.
>> we'll have it after this. that's it. that's it. hey, where are you going with...this? oh, you don't need it