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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 [Collapse]
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, Jordan McLean, E.T. Mensah, Chano Pozo and James Brown; Additional lyrics by Jim Lewis, James Brown and Bill T. Jones; 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; Assistant Costume Design: Mike Floyd; Assistant Lighting Design: G. Benjamin Swope; Assistant Sound Design: John Emmett O'Brien
General Manager: Roy Gabay; Company Manager: Judi Wilfore; Assistant Co. Mgr: David Barnathan
Technical Supervisor: Paul Rambacher; Production Stage Manager: John M. Atherlay; Stage Manager: William Gilinsky; Assistant Stage Mgr: Hannah Dorfman
Music Consultant: Antibalas; Conducted by Aaron Johnson; Trombone/Keyboard: Aaron Johnson; Assistant Conductor: Greg Gonzalez; 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, Jim Glaub and Crystal Chase; Marketing: Serino/Coyne; Dance Captain: Wanjiru Kamuyu and Jill M. Vallery; Assistant Dance Captain: Jermaine Rowe
Cast
Sahr NgaujahFela Anikulapo-Kuti
Paulette IvorySandra
Melanie Marshall Funmilayo
Adesola OsakalumiFela Anikulapo-Kuti
Alternate
Sherinne Kayra AndersonEnsemble
Jonathan AndreEnsemble
Cindy BelliotEnsemble
Nandi BhebheEnsemble
Catia Mota Da CruzEnsemble
Nicole Chantal de WeeverEnsemble
Jacqui DuboisEnsemble
Poundo GomisEnsemble
Rasaan-Elijah GreenDjembe-“Mustafa”
Ismael KouyatéIsmael
Gelan LambertEgungun
Tap Dancer
J.K. Braiman
Shakira MarshallEnsemble
Jeffrey PageEnsemble
Oneika PhillipsEnsemble
Thierry PicautEnsemble
Duain RichmondEnsemble
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
Alternate
Jermaine RoweEnsemble
Daniel SotoEnsemble
Jill Marie ValleryEnsemble
Iris WilsonEnsemble
Aimee Graham WodobodeEnsemble
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 1 Sung By
Everything ScatterFela 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 FeverFela Anikulapo-Kuti and Company
Trouble SleepFela Anikulapo-Kuti, Funmilayo and Company
Lover
(lyrics by Jim Lewis)
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Sandra
Upside DownFela Anikulapo-Kuti, Sandra and Company
Expensive ShitFela 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 KayFela Anikulapo-Kuti and Company
ACT 2 Sung By
Water No Get EnemyFela Anikulapo-Kuti, Sandra and Company
Egbe MioFela Anikulapo-Kuti, Queens and Funmilayo
ZombieFela Anikulapo-Kuti and Company
Trouble Sleep (Reprise) Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Funmilayo and Queens
Na PoiFela Anikulapo-Kuti and Queens
Sorrow Tears and BloodFela Anikulapo-Kuti and Company
Iba Orisa/ShakaraCompany 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 StateFela Anikulapo-Kuti and Company
Kere Kay (Reprise) Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Company