Michelle Williams joining tour of musical 'Fela!'
This Feb. 17, 2012 file photo shows singer-actress Michelle Williams at the 43rd NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, January 3, 2013 3:52PM EST
NEW YORK -- Former Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams is joining the latest national tour of the musical "Fela!"
Producers said Thursday the singer, who starred on the UPN sitcom "Half & Half," will be onstage when the tour opens at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 29.
"Fela!" -- a biography of Nigerian musician and political activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti -- will then play 16 cities, including Miami, Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Los Angeles, Seattle and Nashville, Tenn. Williams will play Fela's African-American lover, Sandra Isadore.
Williams, part of Destiny's Child along with Kelly Rowland and Beyonce, is now a solo artist who has released the dance album "Unexpected" and the recent singles "On The Run" and ""Waiting On You." Jay-Z, Beyonce's husband, is one of the producers of "Fela!" which won three Tony Awards in 2010.
Williams has appeared on Broadway in "Aida," on tour with "The Color Purple," and in London starring in "Chicago."
"Fela!" had its world premiere off-Broadway in the summer of 2008, and opened on Broadway a year later, playing 34 previews and 463 regular performances. It returned to Broadway last summer after an international tour.