Following overwhelming success and critical acclaim from coast to coast, the smash Broadway hit and 3-Time Tony Award-Winning musical, FELA! has returned to Atlanta.
The smash hit musical will now play Thursday, February 28th – Wednesday, March 6th for an Exclusive Engagement at The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree Street Northeast in downtown Atlanta.
Atlanta native Duain Richmond opened the Atlanta engagement of Fela! in the starring role of "Fela Kuti" and International R&B superstar Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child fame starred in the role of "Sandra Isadore," activist and love interest of Fela Kuti. Other principals featured are Melanie Marshall as "Funmilayo," Fela Kuti's mother, Ismael Kouyate as "Ismael" and Gelan Lambert as "J.K. Braimah/Tap Dancer/Egungun". At certain performances, Adesola Osakalumi will also be featured in the role of "Fela Kuti." Also included in the cast are Oneika Phillips, Shakira Marshall, Jill Vallery, Daniel Soto, Kafi Pierre, Justin Prescott, Jason Herbert and Uti Uyoata.
A triumphant and inspirational tale of courage, passion and love, Fela! is the true story of Kuti, who created a type of music, Afrobeat, and mixed these pounding eclectic rhythms with rousing lyrics that openly attacked the corrupt and oppressive military dictatorships that ruled Nigeria and much of Africa. Fela! "Is a spectacularly inspiring hybrid: theater, music, dance, biography, history lesson, political rally, and religious experience.