Afrobeat bio-musical “Fela!” will return to Broadway this summer, with the international touring production of the show landing at the Hirschfeld Theater for a 32-perf stint.
The run for “Fela!” fills a vacancy at the Hirschfeld, where musical “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” closed last month. Another theater owned by Jujamcyn Theaters, the St. James, will house a temporary run of another touring tuner, “Bring It On,” this summer.
In recent seasons, producers and theater owners have increasingly experimented with limited seasonal engagements. Holiday shows such as “Elf” and the Broadway-aimed “A Christmas Story” have become more common yuletide residents on the Rialto, and last year Jujamcyn leadership helped fill space in its summer lineup with a return visit of “Hair,” another touring production.
“Hair” didn’t log major numbers its second time around, but given the fiscal differences in housing a touring production vs. mounting a sit-down musical from scratch, the run stills seemingly proved a cost-effective way to keep a house filled for a bit prior to a longer-term tenant.
“Fela” played a 14-month run on Broadway that began in 2009. Its latest incarnation stars original Broadway topliner Sahr Ngaujah alongside Melanie Marshall and Paulette Ivory, who appeared in the show in London. Show runs July 9-Aug. 4.