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Fela!   Tour  

Opening Date: September 13, 2011    
Closing Date: June 9, 2013

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

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Produced by Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, Ruth and Stephen Hendel, The National Theatre of Great Britain, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Fela Broadway LLC, Edward Tyler Nahem and Knitting Factory Entertainment
Book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones; Music by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti; Lyrics by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti; Additional lyrics by Jim Lewis; Additional music by Aaron Johnson and Jordan McLean; Based on the life of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti; Conceived by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis and Stephen Hendel; Inspired by the authorized biography "Fela: This Bitch of a Life" by Carlos Moore; Music Direction by Aaron Johnson; Music orchestrated by Aaron Johnson; Music arranged by Aaron Johnson; Musical Arrangements: Jordan McLean
Directed by Bill T. Jones; Tour Director: Maija Garcia; Choreographed by Bill T. Jones; Tour 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; Wig and Hair Design by Cookie Jordan; Make-Up Design by Cookie Jordan; Associate Scenic Design: Timothy R. Mackabee; Associate Costume Design: Amy Clark; Associate Sound Design: Jessica Paz; Associate Projection Designer, Content: C. Andrew Bauer; Associate Projection Designer, System: Dan Scully
General Manager: Paul M. Rambacher; Corporate General Manager: Roy Gabay; Company Manager: Will Brandstetter
Production Manager: Randy Moreland; Production Stage Manager: William Gilinsky; Stage Manager: John Lowe
Musical Coordinator: Aaron Johnson; Music Director: Greg Gonzalez; Assistant Music Director: Jeremy Wilms; Drums: Greg Gonzalez; Bass: Jeremy Wilms; Trombone/Keyboard: Raymond Mason; Guitar: Ricardo Quinones; Guitar/Percussion: Bryan Vargas; Percussion: Dylan Fusillo; Tenor Saxophone/Keyboard: Morgan Price; Baritone Sax: Alex Harding; Trumpet: Jeff Pierce; Conga Drums/Djembe: Roland Guerrero
Casting: Arnold J. Mungioli, CSA; General Press Representative: Richard Kornberg & Associates; Tour Presentation: Cami Spectrum and Columbia Artist Theatricals, Inc.; Dance Captain: Jill Marie Vallery; Assistant Dance Captain: Oneika Phillips and Daniel Soto; Marketing: Ellen M. Jacobs; Advertising: Ellen M. Jacobs
Rasaan Elijah "Talu" Green
Paulette Ivory
Sandra Isadore
Ismael Kouyaté
Gelan Lambert
J.K. Braiman
Tap Dancer
Melanie Marshall
Sahr Ngaujah
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
Adesola Osakalumi
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
Sherinne Kayra Anderson
Jonathan Andre
Cindy Belliot
Nandi Bhebhe
Catia Mota Da Cruz
Nicole Chantal de Weever
Jacqui Dubois
Poundo Gomis
Wanjiru Kamuyu
Oneika Phillips
Thierry Picaut
Jermaine Rowe
Daniel Soto
Adé Chiké Torbert
Jill Marie Vallery
Iris Wilson
Aimee Graham Wodobode
Swings: Adé Chiké Torbert and Jill Marie Vallery
Understudies: Oneika Phillips (Funmilayo, Sandra Isadore) and Adé Chiké Torbert (Egungun, J.K. Braiman, Tap Dancer)
music by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti; lyrics by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
(Unless otherwise noted)
ACT 1 Sung 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
(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
(lyrics by Jim Lewis)
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Sandra
Upside Down Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Sandra and Company
Expensive Shit Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Company
(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 2 Sung 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
(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
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Engagement Dates Theatre City and State
Jun 6, 2013 - Jun 9, 2013 Paramount Theatre (CA) Oakland, CA
May 28, 2013 - Jun 2, 2013 Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
May 7, 2013 - May 19, 2013 AT&T Performing Arts Center Dallas, TX
Apr 25, 2013 - May 5, 2013 Ahmanson Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Apr 23, 2013 - Apr 24, 2013 ASU Gammage Tempe, AZ
Apr 12, 2013 - Apr 13, 2013 Centennial Hall Tucson, AZ
Apr 5, 2013 - Apr 6, 2013 Shea's Performing Arts Center Buffalo, NY
Apr 2, 2013 - Apr 4, 2013 Connor Palace Cleveland, OH
Mar 19, 2013 - Mar 24, 2013 Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County Miami, FL
Mar 12, 2013 - Mar 17, 2013 Merriam Theater Philadelphia, PA
Mar 8, 2013 - Mar 9, 2013 Proctors Schenectady, NY
Feb 28, 2013 - Mar 6, 2013 Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA
Feb 25, 2013 - Feb 26, 2013 Belk Theater Charlotte, NC
Feb 19, 2013 - Feb 24, 2013 Arie Crown Theater Chicago, IL
Feb 12, 2013 - Feb 12, 2013 Music Hall Center For The Performing Arts Detroit, MI
Jan 29, 2013 - Feb 10, 2013 Sidney Harman Hall Washington, DC
Jun 12, 2012 - Jun 17, 2012 Ordway Center For The Performing Arts St. Paul, MN
Jun 5, 2012 - Jun 10, 2012 Jones Hall For The Performing Arts Houston, TX
May 15, 2012 - May 20, 2012 Gilliam Concert Hall, Murphy Fine Arts Center Baltimore, MD
Apr 25, 2012 - May 6, 2012 Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College Boston, MA
Mar 27, 2012 - Apr 15, 2012 Oriental Theatre Chicago, IL
Mar 20, 2012 - Mar 25, 2012 Academy Of Music: Kimmel Center Philadelphia, PA
Feb 14, 2012 - Mar 4, 2012 Music Hall Center For The Performing Arts Detroit, MI
Jan 24, 2012 - Jan 29, 2012 Warner Theatre Washington, DC
Dec 13, 2011 - Jan 22, 2012 Ahmanson Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Nov 15, 2011 - Dec 11, 2011 Curran Theatre San Francisco, CA
Oct 18, 2011 - Oct 23, 2011 Shubert Performing Arts Center New Haven, CT
Oct 11, 2011 - Oct 16, 2011 Atlanta Civic Center Theater Atlanta, GA
Sep 13, 2011 - Oct 9, 2011 Sidney Harman Hall Washington, DC