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Co-produced with Round House Theatre

Round House Theatre and Olney Theatre Center combine forces for an epic co-production of the award-winning musical Fela!, the first professional production anywhere in the world since its national tour more than ten years ago. It’s 1978, and we meet musician, activist, and global superstar Fela Anikulapo Kuti at his farewell show at the Afrika Shrine nightclub in Lagos, Nigeria. After losing his own mother in a dictator’s violent attack, Fela’s final act in Nigeria is to use his iconic music—a spirited blend of traditional African drumming, jazz, and funk—to tell his story of survival and global revolution through Afrobeat and floor-shaking dance. The Tony Award-winning and Grammy-nominated musical “captures the spirit of rebellion…that dwells within all of us” (The New York Times) in the inspiring true story of one man’s fight against corruption and oppression.

Music and lyrics by
Fela Kuti

Book by
Bill T. Jones and Jim Lewis

(Additional music by Aaron Johnson and Jordan McLean)

Music Direction by
S. Renee Clark

Choreographed by
Breon Arzell

Directed by
Lili-Anne Brown

2022-23 Season
Part of the 2022-23 Season

Meet the Actor Playing Fela

  • Duain Richmond

    Duain Richmond

    Born in Sierra Leone West Africa and currently living in Los Angeles, CA. Duain started in theatre with the Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta (Y.E.A).  Theatre credits include: FELA! (Fela) BROADWAY: FELA!(Fela) BROADWAY NATIONAL TOUR: Superior Donuts (Franco U.S.) West Coast Premier GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE:  Ruined.West Coast Premier GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE: Times. Black. Y.E.A(ATL): PIll Hill. PUSH PUSH THEATRE(ATL): Sweat, MADE IN DA SHADE(Amsterdam): Soweto Soweto A township is calling (South Africa). Film credits include: Drumline A New Beat, Stomp The Yard, Wool Cap, Daddy's Little Girls, Life.Less, Ready.Fire.Aim. AWARD: NBC Universal/ABFF STAR PROJECT Winner 2018.

  • Malachi Alexander

  • Bryan Archibald

  • Terrence J Bennett

  • Simone Brown

  • Patrick Leonardo Casimir

  • Shantel Cribbs

  • Jyreika Guest

  • Bryan Jeffrey

  • Raquel Jennings

  • Emmanuel Kikoni

  • Amadou Kouyate

  • Raven Lorraine

  • Vaughn Ryan Midder

  • Yewande Odetoyinbo

    Ensemble/US Funmilayo
  • Duain Richmond

  • Jantanies Thomas

  • Galen J. Williams

    Ensemble/US Fela
  • Jalisa Williams

  • Kanysha Williams

  • Shawna Williams

  • Breon Arzell

  • Jamie Berry

    Production Stage Manager
  • Kim James Bey

    Dialect Coach
  • Lili-Anne Brown

  • S. Renee Clark

    Music Director/Conductor
  • Kelly Colburn

    Projections Designer
  • Rueben D. Echoles

    Costume Designer
  • Sherrice Mojgani

    Lighting Design
  • Matt Rowe

    Sound Designer
  • Arnel Sancianco

    Scenic Designer
  • David Singleton

    Associate Choreographer


July 7 - August 13 2023

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