Lillias White has joined the cast of the Broadway production of tuner “Fela!”
Thesp (“Once on This Island”), who picked up a 1997 Tony for her perf in “The Life,” will play the mother of Afro-beat musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti in the bio-tuner. White did not appear in last season’s Off Broadway incarnation of the musical, unlike the show’s star, Sahr Ngaujah, who appears in the Rialto transfer after originating the role in the earlier production.
The Broadway incarnation — directed, choreographed and co-written by Bill T. Jones — begins perfs Oct. 19 ahead of a Nov. 23 opening at the Eugene O’Neill Theater.
“Fela” is being produced by Ruth and Stephen Hendel and Roy Gabay.