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Eugene O'Neill Theatre, (11/23/2009 - 1/02/2011)
First Preview: Oct 19, 2009 Total Previews: 34
Opening Date: Nov 23, 2009    
Closing Date: Jan 02, 2011 Total Performances: 463

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

Production Staff [Collapse]
Theatre Owned / Operated by Jujamcyn Theaters (Jordan Roth: President; Paul Libin: Producing Director; Jack Viertel: Creative Director)
Produced by Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, Ruth and Stephen Hendel, Roy Gabay, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Edward Tyler Nahem, Slava Smolokowski, Ken Greiner & Chip Meyrelles, Douglas G. Smith, Steve Semlitz/Cathy Glaser, Daryl Roth/True Love Productions, Susan Dietz/Mort Swinsky and Knitting Factory Entertainment; Associate Producer: Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson
Book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones; Music by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti; Lyrics 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, John Coltrane, 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
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, Wilson Chin and Katheryn Monthei; 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: Daniel Kuney and Chris Aniello
Technical Supervisor: Hudson Theatrical Associates; Associate Tech. Suprvr: Jay Janicki and John Tiggeloven; Production Stage Manager: Jon Goldman; Stage Manager: Linda Marvel; Assistant Stage Mgr: Hilary Austin
Musical Supervisor: Aaron Johnson; Musical Coordinator: Michael Keller; Conducted by Aaron Johnson; Assistant Conductor: Greg Gonzalez; Trombone/Keyboard: Aaron Johnson; Drums/Percussion: Greg Gonzalez; Trumpet: Jordan McLean; Bass/Keyboards/Percussion: Jeremy Wilms; Guitar/Percussion: Oren Bloedow and Ricardo Quinones; Percussion: Yoshihiro Takemasa and Dylan Fusillo; Baritone Saxophone/Percussion: Alex Harding; Tenor Saxophone/Percussion/Featured Saxophone Soloist: Stuart Bogie; Music Contractor: Michael Keller
Casting: Mungioli Theatricals; General Press Representative: Richard Kornberg & Associates; Advertising & New Media Services: Art Meets Commerce, Jim Glaub and Crystal Chase; Marketing: HHC Marketing and Walk Tall Girl Productions; Dance Captain: Jill M. Vallery and Daniel Soto; Photographer: Monique Carboni
Kevin Mambo
Broadway Debut
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
Sahr Ngaujah
Broadway Debut
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
(Oct 19, 2009 - Oct 10, 2010)
Saycon SengblohSandra
Lillias WhiteFunmilayo
(Oct 19, 2009 - Sep 12, 2010)
Anne V. AndreEnsemble
Corey BakerEnsemble
Hettie Vyrine BarnhillEnsemble
Lauren De VeauxEnsemble
Nicole Chantal de WeeverEnsemble
Rujeko DumbutshenaEnsemble
Rasaan Elijah "Talu" GreenEnsemble
Shaneeka HarrellEnsemble
Ismael KouyatéAfrican Chanter
Geraldo Piño
Gelan LambertJ.K. Braiman
Tap Dancer
Shakira MarshallEnsemble
Afi McClendonEnsemble
Maia McKinneyEnsemble
Adesola OsakalumiEnsemble
Jeffrey PageEnsemble
Daniel SotoEnsemble
Jill M. ValleryEnsemble
Iris WilsonEnsemble
Aimee Graham WodobodeEnsemble
Swings: Catherine Foster, Abena Koomson, Farai Malianga and J.L. Williams
Understudies: Elasea Douglas (Sandra), Abena Koomson (Funmilayo) and Adesola Osakalumi (Fela Anikulapo-Kuti)
Tony Award®
 2010 Best Musical [nominee] 
 Produced by Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter , Will & Jada Pinkett Smith , Ruth and Stephen Hendel , Roy Gabay , Sony Pictures Entertainment , Edward Tyler Nahem , Slava Smolokowski , Ken Greiner & Chip Meyrelles , Douglas G. Smith , Steve Semlitz/Cathy Glaser , Daryl Roth/True Love Productions , Susan Dietz/Mort Swinsky and Knitting Factory Entertainment
 2010 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 
 Book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones
 2010 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Sahr Ngaujah
 2010 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 
  Lillias White
winner 2010 Best Choreography [winner] 
  Bill T. Jones
 2010 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 
  Bill T. Jones
 2010 Best Orchestrations [nominee] 
  Aaron Johnson
 2010 Best Scenic Design of a Musical [nominee] 
 Scenic Design by Marina Draghici
winner 2010 Best Costume Design of a Musical [winner] 
 Costume Design by Marina Draghici
 2010 Best Lighting Design of a Musical [nominee] 
 Lighting Design by Robert Wierzel
winner 2010 Best Sound Design of a Musical [winner] 
 Sound Design by Robert Kaplowitz
Theatre World
winner 2010 Award [recipient] 
  Sahr Ngaujah
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
Mr. Syms
(music by John Coltrane)
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 FeverFela Anikulapo-Kuti and Company
Trouble SleepFela Anikulapo-Kuti, Funmilayo and Company
Teacher Don't Teach Me NonsenseFela Anikulapo-Kuti, Funmilayo and Company
(lyrics by Jim Lewis)
Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Sandra
Upside DownFela Anikulapo-Kuti, Sandra and Company
Expensive ShitFela 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 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
Shuffering and ShmilingFela Anikulapo-Kuti and Queens
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
(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