Photo Coverage: FELA! Honors The Actors Fund

FELA!, currently playing at the Eugene O'Neill on Broadway starring Lillias White and Sahr Ngaujah, dedicated the January 25th performance last night to The Actors Fund, granting proceeds to the fund in support of their programs and services. 

The Actor's Fund is a nationwide human services organization that helps all professionals in performing arts and entertainment. The Fund is a safety net, providing programs and services for those who are in need, crisis or transition. Social services programs include Entertainment Assistance Program, Seniors and Disabled, HIV/AIDS Initiative, The Dancers Resource, and Howel Emergency Life Project, among others. The Fund additionally offers services in health insurance, employment and career counseling, and housing. For more information on The Actor's Fund, visit www.actorsfund.org.

Fela! features a multi-cultural cast led by Sahr Ngaujah (recipient of an Obie Award for his performance in the title role Off-Broadway) and Kevin Mambo (MTC's Ruined), alternating in the role of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Tony Award-winner Lillias White plays Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti (Fela's mother) and Saycon Sengbloh (Hair) plays Sandra, Kuti's love interest. The company also includes Corey Baker, Hettie Vyrine Barnhill, Lauren Deveaux, Nicole Chantal DeWeever, Elasea Douglas, Rujeko Dumbutshena, Catherine Foster, Rasaan-Elijah "Talu" Green, Shaneeka Harrell, Chanon Judson, Abena Koomson, Ismael Kouyate, Gelan Lambert, Farai Malianga, Shakira Marshall, Afi McClendon, Adesola Osakalumi, Jeffrey Page, Ryan H. Rankine, Daniel Soto, Jill M. Vallery, J.L. Williams, Iris Wilson, Aimee Graham Wodobode. Scenic and costume design is by Marina Draghici, lighting design is by Rob Wierzel, sound design is by Rob Kaplowitz and projection design is by Peter Nigrini. Musical arrangements and additional music by AaRon Johnson and Jordan McLean, and Jim Lewis provided additional lyrics.

Directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Bill T. Jones with a book by Jim Lewis and music by the world-renowned Afrobeat band Antibalas, Fela! welcomes its audience into the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Using his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), Fela! explores Kuti's controversial life as artist, political activist and revolutionary musician. Featuring many of Fela Kuti's most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones's imaginative staging, Fela! is a provocative hybrid of concert, dance and musical theater.

Fela!, the new musical based on the life and music of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, is currently playing at Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street). Tickets for Fela! on Broadway are available through www.Telecharge.com, by calling (212) 239-6200 or in-person at The Eugene O'Neill Box Office, located at 230 West 49th Street.

Photo Credit: Brian Estrada

Photo Coverage: FELA! Honors The Actors Fund

Photo Coverage: FELA! Honors The Actors Fund
FELA! Marquee

Photo Coverage: FELA! Honors The Actors Fund
Abena Koomson

Photo Coverage: FELA! Honors The Actors Fund
Adesola Osakalumi, Corey Baker

Photo Coverage: FELA! Honors The Actors Fund
Ismael Kouyate

Photo Coverage: FELA! Honors The Actors Fund
Rasaan-Elijah "Talu" Green

Photo Coverage: FELA! Honors The Actors Fund
Queens of FELA!

Photo Coverage: FELA! Honors The Actors Fund
Saycon Sengbloh

Photo Coverage: FELA! Honors The Actors Fund
Lillias White

Photo Coverage: FELA! Honors The Actors Fund
Sarh Ngaujah, Lillias White

Photo Coverage: FELA! Honors The Actors Fund
Sarh Ngaujah

Photo Coverage: FELA! Honors The Actors Fund
Lillias White

Photo Coverage: FELA! Honors The Actors Fund
Gelan Lambert, Saycon Sengbloh

Photo Coverage: FELA! Honors The Actors Fund
Shakira Marshall

Photo Coverage: FELA! Honors The Actors Fund
Antidalas of FELA!

Photo Coverage: FELA! Honors The Actors Fund
Sarh Ngaujah, Lillias White

Photo Coverage: FELA! Honors The Actors Fund
Sarh Ngaujah, Saycon Sengbloh, Gelan Lambert

Photo Coverage: FELA! Honors The Actors Fund
Saycon Sengbloh, Lauren De Veaux, Sarh Ngaujah, Lillias White, Ensemble

Photo Coverage: FELA! Honors The Actors Fund
Lauren De Veaux, Sarh Ngaujah, Lillias White, Ensemble

Photo Coverage: FELA! Honors The Actors Fund
Sarh Ngaujah, Lillias White

Photo Coverage: FELA! Honors The Actors Fund
Sarh Ngaujah, Lillias White

Photo Coverage: FELA! Honors The Actors Fund

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