‘Fela!’ Musical to hit Broadway this fall

posted on June 12th 2009 in Africa & Music & NYC & Sharing with 1 Comments

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Producers have confirmed a fall opening for “Fela!”,  the musical that the New York Times called “A Show That Melts Walls,” at the Eugene O’Neill Theater!

via Variety

The bio-tuner about Afrobeat musician and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti won strong reviews when it played 37 Arts in an extended run last summer, and this spring went on to pick up legit kudos including a Lucille Lortel for musical and an Obie for thesp Sahr Ngaujah, who originated the role of Kuti and returns to play the part on the Main Stem.

Plot follows not only Fela’s musical career — in which he combined jazz, funk and African traditions to become a pioneer in world music — but also his personal life and work as an activist opposing the corrupt military government of post-colonial Nigeria.

Conceived by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis and Steve Hendel, show has a book by Lewis and Jones and is choreographed and helmed by Jones, who picked up a 2007 Tony as choreographer of “Spring Awakening.”

Tuner’s score, comprising Kuti tunes, is performed by Brooklyn band Antibalas, led by Aaron Johnson.

Hendel produces with Ruth Hendel (“Mary Stuart,” “33 Variations”) and Roy Gabay (“The Little Dog Laughed”). The pool of investors is reportedly likely to include big-name contempo musicians such as Alicia Keys, Beyonce and Jay Z.

“Fela!” begins previews Oct. 19 ahead of a Nov. 23 opening.

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  • sahar

    commented on June 14, 2009 at 8:37 am

    I flew from the A to NY just to see FELA!!! Sahr did his thing, the whole crew was love…it was the most memorable stage performance I’ve seen to date! Big ups to Sahr, Antiblas and Bill T. Jones! Big up to Frolab! I will be back in the Fall!

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