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Beyonce and Kelly Rowland may have higher profiles but their sister in Destiny, Michelle Williams, isn’t sitting home waiting for the phone to ring. Since January, she’s been starring as part of the touring ensemble of “Fela!” the Tony-wining Broadway production about the life of controversial Nigerian singer Fela Kuti, produced by Jay-Z, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith. Williams plays Fela’s American girlfriend, Sandra, who influenced his genre-defying mix of African and American soul music. Though she’s done other musicals including “The Color Purple” “Chicago” and “Aida,” Williams admits her church family doesn’t always know what to make of her shows.
“My family all came to see me in Chicago and when they walked in the green room everybody was a little quiet,” Williams told the Tom Joyner Morning Show when she joined the crew during “‘Fela’s” tour stop in Dallas. “My mother she loved it but she was trying to to show me how her hips do the three o’ clock, four o’clock. I was like I’m don’t want to know how I was probably conceived. I’m OK with that. For [Fela] they gave me the church look. Fela Kuti was a hard man. It was his life. He talked about everything from politics to love and sex to smoking Natural Nigerian grass so you can imagine a lot of church people not responding well to that.”