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‘FELA! The Musical’ opens on Broadway

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We gave you the scoop on ‘Fela! The Musical’ in August; Now its here! The musical officially opened on Broadway yesterday.
The show which is set to be one of the hottest Broadway tickets of the season is heavily backed by entertainment industry heavyweights including Jay Z and Will Smith.
The role of Fela is played by Sahr Ngaujah and Kevin Mambo.

The synopsis:
Enter the extravagant, decadent, rebellious world of a legendary musician.
A provocative hybrid of dance and Broadway musical, FELA! features the Afrobeat music of Fela Anikulapo–Kuti, a book by Jim Lewis and the direction and choreography of Tony® Award winner Bill T. Jones.
His Passion Ignited a Generation.
His Music Fueled a Revolution.
His Legacy Inspires the World.
FELA! uses stirring Afrobeat music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), to tell the story of Kuti’s controversial life as artist, political activist and revolutionary musician. Featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones’s visionary staging, FELA! is the most original new musical on Broadway.
Come for the music. Come for the dancing. Come awaken your soul.

Check out photos from the opening night below.

On Stage
Fela 4
Kevin Mambo and Sahr Ngaujah
Fela 3Fela 2

Red Carpet

Jay Z
Jay Z
Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller
Spike Lee
Spike Lee
Yeni & Kunle Kuti
Yeni & Kunle Kuti

Check out a sneak peek of the show. Looks spectacular!

Photo Credit: Zimbio & Wireimage

4 Comments

  1. Olówó

    November 25, 2009 at 10:35 am

    I’m so excited. I can’t wait to see it on broadway!

  2. Tess

    November 25, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Fela whose flesh is now soil lives on………that’s the magic we live behind when we make use of our talents.
    Live on FEla…….

  3. donchica

    November 25, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    Wow Aunty Anna’s Son as Fela.

  4. lordhost

    November 28, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    I watched the play bf the official opening day, this was truly spectacular!!!, unbeleivable, history in the making the cherography, dance, was tight, and off the hook. Bill T Jones did a fantastic job to bring Fela to life. I am calling all on naija in the USA to go watch this play your money is worht it

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