Jay-Z, Will and Jada Smith should be thrilled about this news. Patti Labelle has joined the cast of "Fela".
LaBelle joins the musical in September and will stay with the show until Jan. 2, when the production is now set to shutter. Addition of the high-profile music name, which may attract new auds to the show, betters the production's odds of recouping before it closes.
LaBelle will portray the mother of the central character in the bio-tuner about the life of Nigerian activist and Afrobeat musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti.