Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child will grace the DFW metroplex with her powerful voice and commanding presence in the Broadway touring show ‘Fela!’, the vibrant and inspiring biographical musical about one of Nigeria’s most celebrated activists, comes to Dallas for two weeks in May 2013, from the 7th to the 19th, at the Winspear Opera House of the AT&T Performing Arts Center.
Michelle Williams plays the mother of Fela Kuti, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, “Fela is such and amazing show, full of amazing music and dancing… the message is so powerful.” Williams, said to the Dallas Weekly, “Combine James Brown Bob Dillon and Bob Marley into one, and since I’m a singer the music of Afro beat enticed me first, but after listening to the music and the message I was captivated.”
Ms. Williams also explained that the connection to the character was an incredible way to honor the mother of the famed activist entertainer. “Every night is a night to pay respect to Fela Kuti his mother, his children and family… I got a chance to talk to his daughter, and I cannot wait to meet her in person.”
Ms. Williams attributes her devotion to the role to the fact that she and her co-cast are playing real people who lived, who made an impact in the world. She told DW that the whole experience was more inspiring than challenging, she fiercely states that she studies and watches performances still even as the show is currently touring. “I wish I had found his music early on, but I’m just glad to know about him.”
Ms. Williams is also not resting on the theatric tour, she is already working to develop and release a new album after the show. “I’ve had a great time recording music,” Williams began, “Emotionally at first it was difficult… but God used a producer by the name of Harmony Samuels and some fantastic writers and we were able to bring out that pain and at the end of the day we had victory in that effort.”
You can catch Michelle Williams in the amazing FELA! showing May 7- 19, 2013 at , at the Winspear Opera House of the AT&T Performing Arts Center.