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Theater Wed Jan 16 2013

Singer Michelle Williams Joins Cast of FELA!


Michelle Williams; Photo: Derek Blanks.

FELA!, the Tony award-winning Broadway musical about the life and politics of Nigerian singer and "AfroBeat" pioneer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, returns to Chicago; joining the show's national tour for its latest run is Grammy Award-winning recording artist and Chicago-area native, Michelle Williams.

Williams, who became a household name as one-third of the chart-topping R&B and pop group, Destiny's Child, will play the role of activist Sandra Izsadore, Kuti's love interest. "I am thrilled to join the cast of FELA!," said the singer and actress. "The sounds, the passion and the politics of Fela Kuti have long intrigued me and speak to my heart."

Directed by noted choreographer Bill T. Jones and produced by Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and Shawn "Jay‐Z" Carter, FELA!, starring Sahr Ngaujah in the title role, made its Broadway debut in 2009
and received critical acclaim; the musical has also been lauded for its choreography and costume design.

FELA! runs February 19-23 at the Arie Crown Theater, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr.; show times vary. Tickets are $20-$85 and are available online or at the box office. For more information, call 312-791-6190.


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