PHOTO CALL: Fela! Returns to Broadway for Limited Run, Starring Sahr Ngaujah, Melanie Marshall and Paulette Ivory

By Krissie Fullerton
July 9, 2012

Fela!, the Tony-winning Broadway musical about Nigerian musician and political figure Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, with its original Tony Award-nominated star Sahr Ngaujah, returns to Broadway July 9 for an encore engagement at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

The limited, 32-performance Broadway return plays through Aug. 4 as part of the production's current world tour. Fela! ran on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Nov. 23, 2009-Jan. 2, 2011, and has been seen in London and Nigeria, among other places.

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."

Ngaujah, who earned a Tony Award nomination for creating the titular role on Broadway, will play most performances for the run. He is joined by Melanie Marshall and Paulette Ivory, who appeared in the Olivier-nominated National Theatre of Great Britain production. (At certain performances, the title role will be played by Adesola Osakalumi or Duain Martyn.)

Here's a look at the production:

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Sahr Ngaujah and Paulette Ivory
Photo by Raymond Hagans



Tickets for performances July 9-12 are $47-$92. For performances July 13-Aug. 4, tickets are $47-$132. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting, by phone (212) 239-6200 or in-person at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 West 45th Street at 8th Avenue (beginning June 18).