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Michelle Williams, ‘Fela!’: Former Destiny’s Child Member Joins Touring Musical Ensemble

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NEW YORK (AP) – 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 L ondon 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.

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