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Fela! returns to D.C. at the Warner Theater

Sahr Ngaujah (CQ) stars as Fela Kuti in Fela at the Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, D.C. on September 12, 2011. (Marvin Joseph/WASHINGTON POST)

The Tony award winning musical, which chronicles the life of the legendary Ni­ger­ian musician, composer, activist and all around maverick, will open January 26 for a limited second D.C. run at the Warner Theater.

The play was a hit, with rave reviews and sold-out performances, when it debuted locally at the Shakespeare Theater in September. Now, the Warner, with its 2,600 seats will host the play, with the same cast, for six shows over four days through January 29.

“It was a popularity thing,” said publicist Linda Stewart, explaining why the play is back. She added the 800-seat Shakespeare Theater limited how many people could see the play last fall.

Produced by Jay-Z and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, the play is a kaleidoscope of dance and music that explores the life of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, creator of the musical genre afrobeat. Read the Washington Post’s review here.

The production has toured several North American cities since it left D.C., including Los Angeles, Toronto and San Francisco and will head to Detroit after this second D.C. run.

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