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Fela!   

 
Eugene O'Neill Theatre , (11/23/2009 - 1/02/2011)
First Preview:Oct 19, 2009 Total Previews:34
Opening Date:Nov 23, 2009   
Closing Date:Jan 02, 2011 Total Performances:463

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: Fela's Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria. Several months after the death of Funmilayo, Fela's mother.


Production Staff [See More]
Theatre Owned / Operated by Jujamcyn Theaters (Jordan Roth: President; Paul Libin: Producing Director; Jack Viertel: Creative Director)
Produced by Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, Ruth and Stephen Hendel, Roy Gabay, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Edward Tyler Nahem, Slava Smolokowski, Ken Greiner & Chip Meyrelles, Douglas G. Smith, Steve Semlitz/Cathy Glaser, Daryl Roth/True Love Productions, Susan Dietz/Mort Swinsky and Knitting Factory Entertainment; Associate Producer: Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson
Book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones; Music by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti; Lyrics by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti; Based on the life of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti; Conceived by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis and Stephen Hendel; Additional music by Aaron Johnson and Jordan McLean; Additional lyrics by Jim Lewis; Musical Director: Aaron Johnson; Music orchestrated by Aaron Johnson; Music arranged by Aaron Johnson
Directed by Bill T. Jones; Choreographed by Bill T. Jones; Associate Director: Niegel Smith; Associate Choreographer: Maija Garcia
Scenic Design by Marina Draghici; Costume Design by Marina Draghici; Lighting Design by Robert Wierzel; Sound Design by Robert Kaplowitz; Projection Design by Peter Nigrini; Hair and Wig Design by Cookie Jordan; Make-Up Design by Cookie Jordan; Associate Scenic Design: Timothy R. Mackabee, Wilson Chin and Katheryn Monthei; Associate Costume Design: Amy Clark; Associate Lighting Design: Paul Hackenmueller; Associate Sound Design: Jessica Paz; Associate Projection Design: C. Andrew Bauer and Dan Scully
General Manager: Roy Gabay; Company Manager: Daniel Kuney and Chris Aniello
Technical Supervisor: Hudson Theatrical Associates; Associate Tech. Suprvr: Jay Janicki and John Tiggeloven; Production Stage Manager: Jon Goldman; Stage Manager: Linda Marvel; Assistant Stage Mgr: Hilary Austin
Musical Supervisor: Aaron Johnson; Musical Coordinator: Michael Keller; Conducted by Aaron Johnson; Trombone/Keyboard: Aaron Johnson; Drums/Percussion: Greg Gonzalez; Trumpet: Jordan McLean; Bass/Keyboards/Percussion: Jeremy Wilms; Guitar/Percussion: Oren Bloedow and Ricardo Quinones; Percussion: Yoshihiro Takemasa and Dylan Fusillo; Baritone Saxophone/Percussion: Alex Harding; Tenor Saxophone/Percussion/Featured Saxophone Soloist: Stuart Bogie
Casting: Mungioli Theatricals; General Press Representative: Richard Kornberg & Associates; Advertising & New Media Services: Art Meets Commerce; Marketing: HHC Marketing and Walk Tall Girl Productions; Dance Captain: Jill M. Vallery and Daniel Soto; Photographer: Monique Carboni
Cast
Kevin Mambo
Broadway Debut
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti Alternate
Sahr Ngaujah
Broadway Debut
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti (Oct 19, 2009 - Oct 10, 2010)
Saycon Sengbloh Sandra
Lillias White Funmilayo (Oct 19, 2009 - Sep 12, 2010)
Anne V. Andre Ensemble
Corey Baker Ensemble
Hettie Vyrine Barnhill Ensemble
Lauren De Veaux Ensemble
Nicole Chantal de Weever Ensemble
Rujeko Dumbutshena Ensemble
Rasaan Elijah "Talu" Green Ensemble
Shaneeka Harrell Ensemble
Ismael Kouyaté African Chanter
Geraldo Piño
Braiman
Orisha
Ensemble
Gelan Lambert J.K. Braiman
Tap Dancer
Egungun
Ensemble
Shakira Marshall Ensemble
Afi McClendon Ensemble
Maia McKinney Ensemble
Adesola Osakalumi Ensemble
Jeffrey Page Ensemble
Daniel Soto Ensemble
Jill M. Vallery Ensemble
Iris Wilson Ensemble
Aimee Graham Wodobode Ensemble
Swings: Catherine Foster, Abena Koomson, Farai Malianga and J.L. Williams
Understudies: Elasea Douglas (Sandra), Abena Koomson (Funmilayo) and Adesola Osakalumi (Fela Anikulapo-Kuti)
Tony Award®
 2010 Best Musical [nominee]
Produced by Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, Ruth and Stephen Hendel, Roy Gabay, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Edward Tyler Nahem, Slava Smolokowski, Ken Greiner & Chip Meyrelles, Douglas G. Smith, Steve Semlitz/Cathy Glaser, Daryl Roth/True Love Productions, Susan Dietz/Mort Swinsky and Knitting Factory Entertainment
 2010 Best Book of a Musical [nominee]
Book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones
 2010 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee]
Sahr Ngaujah
 2010 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee]
Lillias White
winner 2010 Best Choreography [winner]
Bill T. Jones
 2010 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee]
Bill T. Jones
 2010 Best Orchestrations [nominee]
Aaron Johnson
 2010 Best Scenic Design of a Musical [nominee]
Scenic Design by Marina Draghici
winner 2010 Best Costume Design of a Musical [winner]
Costume Design by Marina Draghici
 2010 Best Lighting Design of a Musical [nominee]
Lighting Design by Robert Wierzel
winner 2010 Best Sound Design of a Musical [winner]
Sound Design by Robert Kaplowitz
Theatre World
nominee 2010 Award [recipient]
Sahr Ngaujah
music by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti; lyrics by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
(Unless otherwise noted)
 

ACT 1Sung By
Everything Scatter Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Company
Iba Orisa (Traditional Yoruba chant) Ismael, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Company
Medzi Medzi
(music by E.T. Mensah)
Company and Band
Mr. Syms
(music by John Coltrane)
Company and Band
Manteca
(music by Chano Pozo)
Company and Band
I Got the Feeling
(music by James Brown; lyrics by James Brown)
Ismael and Company
Originality/Yellow Fever Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Company
Trouble Sleep Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Funmilayo and Company
Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Funmilayo and Company
Lover
(lyrics by Jim Lewis)
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Sandra
Upside Down Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Sandra and Company
Expensive Shit Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Company
Pipeline
(lyrics by Jim Lewis)
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Company
I.T.T. (International Thief Thief) Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Company
Kere Kay Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Company
ACT 2Sung By
Water No Get Enemy Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Sandra and Company
Egbe Mio Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Queens and Funmilayo
Shuffering and Shmiling Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Queens
Zombie Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Company
Trouble Sleep (Reprise)Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Funmilayo and Queens
Na Poi Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Queens
Sorrow Tears and Blood Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Company
Iba Orisa/Shakara Company and Band
Rain
(music by Aaron Johnson and Jordan McLean; lyrics by Bill T. Jones and Jim Lewis)
Funmilayo and Company
Coffin for Head of State Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Company
Kere Kay (Reprise)Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Company