By Adam Hetrick
18 Nov 2011
|Photo by Tristram Kenton|
Fela!, which centers on the life of Nigerian musician and political figure Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, was initially scheduled to play Los Angeles April 25-June 3, 2012. The Center Theatre Group has now announced that the production will begin performances Dec. 13 for a run through Jan. 22, 2012, at the Ahmanson Theatre.
A Broadway-aimed revival of Funny Girl was originally scheduled to run Jan. 15-Feb. 26, 2012, with Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher attached as director. Producer Bob Boyett announced Nov. 3 that the production, which was to star Lauren Ambrose and Bobby Cannavale, was postponed due to lack of financial commitments.
CTG is currently aiming to secure another production to fill the April-June slot. The company will also present the national tour of American Idiot (March 13-April 22, 2012) and War Horse (June 13-July 22, 2012) at the Ahmanson.
Sahr Ngaujah, who earned a Tony Award nomination for creating the titular role on Broadway, repeats his work on the tour. He alternates with Adesola Osakalumi.