Patti LaBelle on Returning to Broadway with 'Fela!'

The last time Patti LaBelle performed on the Broadway was 28 years ago in a revival of "Your Arms Too Short to Box with God" with Al Green. Since then, Patti's career has soared to new heights, winning countless awards, including two Grammys, and releasing chart-topping hits like "New Attitude," "Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who it is)" and "On My Own," her number-one pop and R&B duet with Michael McDonald. On September 14, Patti will add to her legacy when she returns to the Broadway stage in "Fela!," the Tony-nominated musical based on the life of Nigerian composer and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti. She'll tackle the role of Fela's mother, Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti, who died from injuries she suffered after a thousand Nigerian soldiers stormed her son's compound and threw her out the window. When ESSENCE.com caught up with Miss Patti she couldn't have been happier. She was anxiously awaiting her opening night and that enthusiasm led her to reveal some things that took us by surprise... Here's what you had to say: Pat commented via Facebook: "I have to see this one."

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