theJasmineBRAND.com correspondent Sabrina Campbell recently caught up with Multi-Platinum, Grammy Award-winning singer turned reality TV star, Toni Braxton, while promoting the new Broadway musical After Midnight.
Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, the musical celebrates Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club using his original arrangements and performed by a world-class big band of 17 musicians hand-picked by living jazz legend, Wynton Marsalis.
The eldest Braxton singer speaks candidly about why her Braxton Family Values sisters have yet to fully mature, her undeniable chemistry with Babyface (she considers him her ‘Musical Husband’), along with why Kerry Washington should play her in a movie.
theJasmineBRAND.com: Looking back on your project Love, marriage & Divorce , what was the most challenging song to sing or record ?
[It] was probably the song that’s “Rollercoaster”. That was a hard song to sing because…I was going through a divorce. So putting my feelings [into] lyrics and music was a little more challenging, made it a little more emotional for me. But it gave me some insight for me as Babyface says ‘Toni okay, before you got divorced you were at love and marriage so lets talk about some of that too so that was helpful’.
Toni Braxton: You have called Babyface your musical husband. What makes Babyface your perfect musical husband?
He is the perfect musical husband for me. We got a long at ‘Hello’. When I first met him we were kindred spirits destined to be together. You watch the special victims unit like Stabler and all those kind of people you see together that you want to be together but its just a general platonic friendship that probably will endure forever.
theJasmineBRAND.com: We know that your writing your Memoir (Unbreak My Heart) for your career and life, so if they turned that into a movie what would be your perfect character? It can’t be one of her sisters.
I would like Kerry Washington to play me, she’s one of my favorite actresses so I can see her being me. I don’t know maybe, my mom. Not to say it in a corny way [but] I think a lot of people are going to get a little more insight on my mom when they read this book because I have to talk about her because that’s how I got started.
theJasmineBRAND.com: Who do you think matured the most during this season [of Braxton Family Values]?
I don’t think they’ve matured yet. So, no one yet. They’re still fighting their way. I think we’re getting comfortable with being on TV because sometimes when your doing a reality TV show you always see the rumors that kind of just lodge people apart, its kinda true. So sometimes getting back to family is best but we also show that we are family like everyone else and just because we are in a celebrity situation doesn’t mean we’re any different than anyone else.
For all things Toni Braxton, follow her on Twitter @ToniBraxton or catch her and Babyface through Sunday March 30th, as Special Guest Stars in After Midnight, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.