R&B newcomer Alicia Keys has set the dates for a winter headlining tour of the U.S., due to launch early next year. The pianist is scheduled to hit 24 cities on her 28-date theater trek, beginning

R&B newcomer Alicia Keys has set the dates for a winter headlining tour of the U.S., due to launch early next year. The pianist is scheduled to hit 24 cities on her 28-date theater trek, beginning Jan. 22 in Wallingford, Conn., and wrapping March 10 in San Diego.

This marks the first major tour for the classically trained New York-based artist. Earlier this year, Keys played major cities in a short, showcase-like setting, and she recently wrapped an outing as the support act for R&B singer Maxwell.

As previously reported, Keys will reprise her contribution to the recent charity cover of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" tonight (Dec. 4) at the 2001 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Destiny's Child, 'N Sync, Gwen Stefani, Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Eve, and Nona Gaye, will also perform the song. Keys leads the field as a finalist in eight categories, including female artist of the year, new artist of the year, and R&B/hip-hop album of the year for her J Records debut, "Songs in A Minor."

Indeed, success has come quickly for Keys, whose debut set was released in late June and opened at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. Her lead single, "Fallin'," spent six weeks at No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100.

Here are Alicia Keys' tour dates:

Jan. 22: Wallingford, Conn. (Oakdale Theatre)
Jan. 23: Washington, D.C. (D.A.R. Constitution Hall)
Jan. 25: Upper Darby, Penn. (Tower Theater)
Jan. 26: Boston (Orpheum Theatre)
Jan. 28: Toronto (Massey Hall)
Jan. 29: Detroit (State Theatre)
Jan. 30: Cleveland (State Theatre)
Feb. 1-2: New York (Radio City Music Hall)
Feb. 4: Columbus, Ohio (Palace Theatre)
Feb. 5: Milwaukee (Riverside Theater)
Feb. 7-8: Chicago (Arie Crown Theater)
Feb. 11: Richmond, Va. (Landmark Theatre)
Feb. 12: Charlotte, N.C. (Ovens Auditorium)
Feb. 15: Orlando, Fla. (Hard Rock Live)
Feb. 16: Atlanta (Tabernacle)
Feb. 18: New Orleans (Saenger Theatre)
Feb. 19: Houston (Aerial Theatre)
Feb. 20: Dallas (Bronco Bowl)
Feb. 22: Denver (Fillmore Auditorium)
Feb. 28, March 1: Los Angeles (Wiltern Theatre)
March 3-4: Oakland (Paramount)
March 6: Tempe, Ariz. (Gammage Auditorium)
March 8: Las Vegas (Aladdin Hotel)
March 10: San Diego (Copley Symphony Hall)