Sahr Ngaujah in Fela!
(© Monique Carboni)
Sahr Ngaujah in Fela!
(© Monique Carboni)
The National Theatre has announced additional casting for the musical Fela, directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones, which will receive its London premiere at the Olivier Theatre beginning Saturday, November 6, with an official opening on Tuesday, November 16.

In addition to Tony nominee Sahr Ngaujah, who will recreate his Broadway role as Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the cast will feature Paulette Ivory and Melanie Marshall and, in the ensemble, Lydie Alberto, Cindy Belliot, Nandi Bhebhe, Ricardo Coke Thomas, Scarlette Douglas, Jacqui Dubois, Poundo Gomis, Jazmine Jarret Thorpe, Aisha Jawando, Wanjiru Kamuyu, Nyron Levy, Ira Mandela Siobhan, Shelley-Ann Maxwell, Tamara McKoy Patterson, Catia Moto da Cruz, Pamela Okoroafor, Jermaine Rowe and Craig Stein.

The show is about Fela Anikulapo-Kuti's controversial life as artist, political activist, and revolutionary musician. It features his rousing music performed live onstage by Antibalas and other members of the NYC Afrobeat community, under the direction of Aaron Johnson. The production also features musical arrangements and additional music by Johnson and Jordan McLean.

For more information, visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk.