Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Opens in FELA!

Multi-Grammy Award-winner and international recording superstar Patti LaBelle opened in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Fela! last night, September 14. LaBelle will perform in Fela! through its scheduled closing on January 2, 2011. BroadwayWorld was on hand for LaBelle's opening night curtain call and after party and brings you photo coverage below!

Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and Will & Jada Pinkett Smith present Fela!, the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation. Fela! is a triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, featuring Kuti's captivating music and the visionary direction and choreography of Tony Award-winner Bill T. Jones. Inspired by his mother, a civil rights champion, Kuti defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity. 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.

"I am both thrilled and honored to be joining the cast of Fela! on Broadway. After seeing the show, I was struck by the choreography and work of Bill T. Jones, and the passion and joy that overflows from the stage. Fela's mother, Funmilayo, was a strong, truly inspiring woman and I am so privileged to be able to pay tribute to her on the Broadway stage,"  says LaBelle.

For more information on Fela!, visit www.felaonbroadway.com.

Photo Credit: Monica Simoes

Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Opens in FELA!

Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Opens in FELA!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Opens in FELA!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Opens in FELA!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Opens in FELA!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Opens in FELA!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Opens in FELA!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Opens in FELA!
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Photo Coverage: Patti LaBelle Opens in FELA!
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At a young age Monica Simoes became a fan of the stage forever. She always dreamt of being a part of theatrical magic. However, those dreams seemed thwarted by her inability to carry a note and her two left feet. Yet, that minor speed bump didn't stop her. She has melded her passion for theatre and her photographic skill to capture the essence of Broadway. Monica is currently a student at Parsons the New School for Design. She hopes to continue enjoying all that Broadway has to offer through the viewfinder of her camera.