Thursday, January 3, 2013

Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams Joins Musical 'Fela'

Michelle Williams joins fela musical

Former Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams is joining the latest national tour of the Nigerian Afrobeat  musical "Fela!"

Producers said Thursday the singer, who starred on the UPN sitcom "Half & Half," will be onstage when the tour opens at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 29.

"Fela!" — a biography of Nigerian musician and political activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti — will then play 16 cities, including Miami, Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle and Nashville, Tenn. Williams will play Fela's African-American lover, Sandra Isadore.

 Jay-Z, Beyonce's husband, is one of the producers of "Fela!" along side Will and Jada Pinkett Smith which won three Tony Awards in 2010.

Williams has appeared on Broadway in "Aida," on tour with "The Color Purple," and in London starring in "Chicago."

Lagos Nigeria: Fela Anikulapo Kuti on Broadway tour dates                                         

"Fela!" had its world premiere off-Broadway in the summer of 2008, and opened on Broadway a year later, playing 34 previews and 463 regular performances. It returned to Broadway last summer after an international tour. The tickets for broadway shows.

Broadway tickets.
Washington, DC//Shakespeare Theatre Company//January 29-February 10
Detroit, MI//Music Hall//February 12-17
Chicago, IL//Arie Crown Theater//February 19-23 (6 Performances)
Charlotte, NC//Blumenthal Performing Arts//February 25 – 26
Atlanta, GA//Fox Theater//February 28 – March 3 (6 Performances)
Schenectady, NY//Proctors Theater//March 8-9
Nashville, TN//More details to come//March 12-14
Memphis, TN//More details to come//March 15-17
Miami, FL//Adrienne Arsht Center//March 19-24 (8 Performances)
Cleveland, OH//Palace Theater//April 2-4
Tuscon, AZ//UA Centennial Hall//April 12-13
Tempe, AZ//Gammage//April 23-24
Los Angeles, CA//Ahmanson Theatre//April 25-May 5
Dallas, TX//Winspear Opera House//May 7 – 19
Seattle, WA//The Paramount Theater//May 28 – June 2 (8 Performances)
Oakland, CA//More details to come//June 5-9


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