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  • Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child Joins Cast of "Fela!"

    Fri, 18 Jan 2013 11:05:23

    Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child Joins Cast of "Fela!" - It's a traveling musical

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    Destiny's getting Fela!'ed!

    Onetime Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams is back in the public eye, with the ladies' Love Songs set, the new song "Nuclear" and the reunion at the upcoming Super Bowl since Beyoncé is the halftime performer.

    Now, producers Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and Ruth and Stephen Hendel are pleased to announce that Williams will join the national tour of the hit Award-winning Broadway musical Fela! beginning when the multi-city engagement kicks off at Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC on January 29 and travels to Detroit, Chicago, Charlotte, Atlanta, Miami, Schenectady, Memphis, Dallas, Cleveland, and Los Angeles.

    Williams will play the role of Sandra Isadore, activist and love interest to Fela Kuti.

    "I am thrilled to join the cast of Fela!," said Michelle Williams, "This musical journey is one that I've wanted to be a part of since first seeing it on stage in 2008. The sounds, the passion, and the politics of Fela Kuti have long intrigued me and speak to my heart. I am simply honored."

    Fela! is the true story of Fela Kuti, who created a type of music, Afrobeat, and mixed these eclectic rhythms (a blend of jazz, funk, and African rhythm and harmonies) with rousing lyrics that openly attacked the corrupt and oppressive military dictatorships that ruled Nigeria and much of Africa. Featuring many of Fela Kuti's most captivating songs, the global phenomenon that is Fela! reveals Kuti's controversial life as an artist and political activist, while at the same time celebrating his pioneering music and commitment to the cause of universal human dignity. Visit Fela on Broadway for tickets and more show info.

    Tour Dates:

    Washington, DC
    Shakespeare Theatre Company
    January 29-February 10

    Detroit, MI
    Music Hall
    February 12-17

    Chicago, IL
    Arie Crown Theater
    February 19-23

    Charlotte, NC
    Blumenthal Performing Arts
    February 25 - 26

    Atlanta, GA
    Fox Theater
    February 28 - March 3

    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

    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

    Oakland, CA
    More details to come
    June 5-9

    Will you see Fela!?

    —Katie Sheehan
    01.18.13



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