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Fela!   

 
Al Hirschfeld Theatre , (7/12/2012 - 8/04/2012)
First Preview:Jul 09, 2012 Total Previews:4
Opening Date:Jul 12, 2012   
Closing Date:Aug 04, 2012 Total Performances:28

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: Fela's Shrine in Lagos, Nigeria. Several months after the death of Funmilayo, Fela's mother.
This production is a return engagement of Fela! (11/23/2009 - 1/02/2011)


Production Staff [See More]
Theatre Owned / Operated by Jujamcyn Theaters (Jordan Roth: President; Paul Libin: Executive Vice President; Jack Viertel: Senior Vice President)
Produced by Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, Ruth and Stephen Hendel, The Royal National Theatre (Nicholas Hytner, Director), Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Fela LLC, Roy Gabay, Edward Tyler Nahem, Slava Smolokowski, Ken Greiner & Chip Meyrelles, Douglas G. Smith, Steve Semlitz/Cathy Glaser, Daryl Roth/True Love Productions, Susan Dietz/M. Swinsky/J. Deitch and Knitting Factory Entertainment
Book by Bill T. Jones and Jim Lewis; Lyrics by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti; Music 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 and Jordan McLean; Inspired by the authorized biography "Fela: This Bitch of a Life" by Carlos Moore
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; 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: Judi Wilfore
Technical Supervisor: Paul Rambacher; Production Stage Manager: John M. Atherlay; Stage Manager: William Gilinsky
Music Consultant: Antibalas; Conducted by Aaron Johnson; Trombone/Keyboard: Aaron Johnson; Drums: Greg Gonzalez; Trumpet: Jeff Pierce; Bass/Keyboards/Percussion: Jeremy Wilms; Guitar/Percussion: Ricardo Quinones and Bryan Vargas; Congas/Percussion: Yoshihiro Takemasa; Baritone Saxophone/Percussion: Alex Harding; Tenor Saxophone/Percussion: Morgan Price; Percussion: Dylan Fusillo; Musical Coordinator: Aaron Johnson
Tour Presentation: Cami Spectrum and Columbia Artist Theatricals, Inc.; Creative Director: Maija Garcia; Casting: Arnold Mungioli and Pippa Ailion, CDG; General Press Representative: Richard Kornberg & Associates; Marketing Manager: Ellen Jacobs; Advertising: Serino/Coyne; Digital Outreach: Serino/Coyne; Marketing: Serino/Coyne; Dance Captain: Wanjiru Kamuyu and Jill M. Vallery
Cast
Sahr Ngaujah Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
Paulette Ivory Sandra
Melanie Marshall Funmilayo
Adesola Osakalumi Fela Anikulapo-Kuti Alternate
Sherinne Kayra Anderson Ensemble
Jonathan Andre Ensemble
Cindy Belliot Ensemble
Nandi Bhebhe Ensemble
Catia Mota Da Cruz Ensemble
Nicole Chantal de Weever Ensemble
Jacqui Dubois Ensemble
Poundo Gomis Ensemble
Rasaan-Elijah Green Djembe-“Mustafa”
Ismael Kouyaté Ismael
Gelan Lambert Egungun
Tap Dancer
J.K. Braiman
Shakira Marshall Ensemble
Jeffrey Page Ensemble
Oneika Phillips Ensemble
Thierry Picaut Ensemble
Duain Richmond Ensemble
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti Alternate
Jermaine Rowe Ensemble
Daniel Soto Ensemble
Jill Marie Vallery Ensemble
Iris Wilson Ensemble
Aimee Graham Wodobode Ensemble
Swings: Wanjiru Kamuyu and Adé Chiké Torbert
Understudies: Cindy Belliot (Sandra), Jacqui Dubois (Funmilayo), Oneika Phillips (Sandra) and Thierry Picaut (Ismael)
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
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
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
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