In my review for the Broadway production Fela!
, the woman seated next to me said Lillias White
was the African Patti LaBelle
(although White herself isn't African). White played Fela Kuti
's mother, Funmilayo Kuti,
and her annihilating voice helped the show win three Tony Awards.
So, it's no shocker that the iconic Patti LaBelle is in talks to play Funmilayo Kuti. Black Voices
"Patti LaBelle has come to the show and expressed interests," a production rep confirmed, adding, "there have been discussions and the producers are trying to work out something." The rep clarified,
"But nothing has been worked out as of yet."
Considering Patti LaBelle's diverse fan base, she is a perfect fit for Broadway. Her last time on Broadway was the 1998 solo concert, Patti La Belle on Broadway
. Let's hope Mama Patti gets this role!