Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!

Former member of Destiny's Child Michelle Williams will join the national tour of the hit Award-winning Broadway musical Fela! when it opens at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, DC on January 29. Fela! received three 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Choreography. Williams and the rest of the cast met the press earlier today, and you can check out full photo coverage from the festivities below!

A triumphant and inspirational tale of courage, passion and love, Fela! is the true story of Kuti, who created a type of music, Afrobeat, and mixed these pounding eclectic rhythms (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies) with rousing lyrics that openly attacked the corrupt and oppressive military dictatorships that ruled Nigeria and much of Africa. Featuring many of Fela Kuti's most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones's visionary staging, the global phenomenon that is Fela! reveals Kuti's controversial life as an artist and political activist, while at the same time celebrating his pioneering music and committment to the cause of universal human dignity. "More than a musical, an ecstatic phenemenon" (David Cote, Time Out New York), Fela! "Is a spectacularly inspiring hybrid: theater, music, dance, biography, history lesson, political rally, and religious experience. Sublime" (Joyce Kulhawik).

Fela! is directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Bill T. Jones, with a book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones, it was conceived by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis and Stephen Hendel.

A multi-award winning international singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress, Michelle Williams is best known as a member of the record-breaking R&B and Pop sensation, Destiny's Child, one of the world's best-selling female groups of all time. Born and raised in the small Chicago suburb of Rockford, Illinois, Michelle always dreamed of a life on stage. Fiercely guided by her faith and raised with a strong family core, Michelle was certain that one day she'd be a superstar. During her teenage years, she directed church and community choirs; a platform that not only served to develop her distinct voice but also her independence and dexterity as an artist. Throughout her career in Destiny's Child, Michelle explored solo terrain by releasing two gospel recordings: the award-winning "Heart To Yours" (2002), which featured a collaboration with the legendary Shirley Caesar, and "Do You Know" (2004). At the end of 2008, Michelle joined forces with producer Rico Love and created a fresh and innovative sound on her dance/pop album, "Unexpected." The first single released from the album, "We Break the Dawn," quickly became a huge club hit, topping the Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play and Hot Dance Airplay charts. For fans of her subtle and smooth work in Destiny's Child, as well as her soul-stirring spiritual solo work, this was a brand-new Michelle Williams.

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Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Maija Garcia

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi & Melanie Marshall

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams with ensemble

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams with ensemble

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams with ensemble

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams with ensemble

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & ensemble cast

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & ensemble cast

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Gelan Lambert with ensemble

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Ensemble Cast

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Ensemble Cast

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Ensemble Cast

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Adesola Osakalumi & Gelan Lambert with ensemble

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi & Gelan Lambert

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi with ensemble cast rehearsing for the touring company of 'FELA!' at the Pearl Studios in New York City on 1/23/2013

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
Michelle Williams, Adesola Osakalumi, Melanie Marshall, Maija Garci, Duain Richmond

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.