Fela! will return this summer, playing Sadler's Wells Theatre, July 19-August 28, 2011
The National Theatre presents the musical Fela!, directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones.
Tony nominee Sahr Ngaujah will recreate his Broadway role as Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, with the cast also featuring 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.