By Adam Hetrick
18 Mar 2010
|Photo by Monique Carboni|
Fela! will begin performances at the National's Olivier Theatre Nov. 6 and officially open Nov. 16. The musical will run in repertory with Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Tony-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones, who also directed and co-conceived the musical, will repeat his duties for the London run that will feature Broadway cast members Sahr Ngaujah and Kevin Mambo (who alternate in the title role on Broadway).
Representatives for Fela! told Playbill.com that Ngauhjah will open the London production, while Mambo will remain with the Broadway cast. Subsequently, Mambo will take over in London, and Ngauhjah will rejoin the Broadway run. The remainder of the National cast will be British.
After an acclaimed run Off-Broadway in 2008, Fela! began previews on Broadway Oct. 19 and officially opened at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Nov. 23.
The Broadway design team includes scenic and costume designer Marina Draghici, lighting designer Rob Wierzel, sound designer Rob Kaplowitz and projection designer Peter Nigrini. Aaron Johnson and Jordan McLean will provide musical arrangements.
Fela! is produced by Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, Ruth & Stephen Hendel, Roy Gabay, Edward Tyler Nahem, Slava Smolokowski, Chip Meyrelles/Ken Greiner, Steve Semlitz/Cathy Glazer, Daryl Roth/True Love Productions, Knitting Factory Entertainment and Susan Dietz. In association with Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson.