February 14, 2013
Before the lights went out at the Super Bowl two weeks ago, Beyonce's halftime show included a brief (and not-so-surprise) appearance from her former Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, who arrived onstage via spring-loaded platforms. Though each found herself propelled into the air that night, neither could compete with the career heights of Mrs. Carter herself, whose professional achievements have overshadowed those of her compatriots since they disbanded in 2005.
But Williams, who hails from Rockford, hasn't been idle in the intervening years. In addition to her solo output, the Illinois State University alum has carved out a legitimate musical theater career that brings her to the Arie Crown Theater this month with the national tour of the Tony-nominated ¿Fela!¿ based on the life of the Nigerian Afrobeat musician and political activist Fela Kuti (who died in 1997).
Read the full interview with Michelle Williams
'Fela!': Tuesday through Feb. 23 at Arie Crown Theater, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive; $20-$70 at ticketmaster.com