From Fela! to The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream, A Look at the 2012-13 Season: Special Engagements

By Playbill Staff
26 Apr 2013

Show: Fela!
Theatre: Al Hirschfeld Theatre

Preview: July 9, 2012

Opening: July 12, 2012
Closing: Aug. 4, 2012

Creators: Music and lyrics by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Additional music by Jordan McLean. Additional lyrics by Jim Lewis. Book by Bill T. Jones and Jim Lewis. Direction and choreography by Bill T. Jones. Co-conception by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis and Stephen Hendel.
Original Principal Cast: Sahr Ngaujah as Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Adesola Osakalumi as Fela Anikulapo-Kuti [alternate], Duain Richmond as Fela Anikulapo-Kuti [alternate], Melanie Marshall as Funmilayo, Paulette Ivory as Sandra, Rasaan-Elijah "Talu" Green as Djembe-"Mustafa" and Ismael Kouyate as Ismael.

Synopsis: In Fela!, according to producers, "audiences are welcomed into the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Using his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), [the musical] explores Kuti's controversial life as artist, political activist and revolutionary musician."

Check out photos from the opening night of Fela!'s return engagement.

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