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4.5 / 5 Rated by 70 members
Review from Jane Cawley
17 events 4 reviews

This play is about the life of the Nigerian musician and political activist Fela. The music an dancing is amazing. The performers are incredible but the play itself is some what lacking. I left wanting to know much more about Fela, some of...continued

reviewed Apr 24 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Linda
Red Velvet 7 events 2 reviews

I was a little disappointed. I like Afro-Pop music but this was not the best. Why was the band not even African? If the story had been acted out more than narrated I would have been more engaged.

reviewed May 05 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from JHL
79 events 48 reviews

The time and music are a little dated, but the acting and dancing are terrific. I would have like a little more reflection of the political implications and ramifications of Fela's actions rather than have it gathered together at the end.

reviewed Apr 28 2012 report as inappropriate
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Check out the official FELA! website for videos and more.
Read the stellar Goldstar member reviews for this production’s Los Angeles run.
The hot (and seriously cool) energy that comes from the musical gospel preached by the title character of _FELA! _feels as if it could stretch easily to the borders of Manhattan and then across a river or two. There should be dancing in the streets! —Ben Brantley, _The New York Times _
_FELA__!_ Is as rowdy as it is rousing. (It) is one of the most original and exciting shows to come around in a long while. —_Daily News _
There’s enough energy in the first act of _ FELA!_ to short circuit Con Ed. It spills over from the stage and into the orchestra seats. Boundless and joyous: This is as close as Broadway gets to fully immersive theatre. —_New York Post _
Bill T. Jones’s wildly loose-limbed journey into the throbbing heart of Afrobeat breaks bold new ground in musical theatre. —_Variety _
“ … the most exuberant musical I’ve seen this season. … the fusion of his (Fela’s) sound is rapturously celebrated with a pinwheel parade of pelvises.” —Los Angeles Times


A triumphant tale of courage, passion and love _FELA! _is the true story of Kuti, who created a type of music, Afrobeat, and mixed these pounding eclectic rhythms(a blend of jazz, funk, and African rhythm and harmonies) with incendiary lyrics that opening attacked the corrupt and oppressive military dictatorships that rule Nigeria amd much of Africa. Featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs and Bill T.Jones’s visionary staging FELA! reveals Kuti’s controversial life as an artist and political activist and celebrates his pioneering music.

Olivier and Tony nominated actor Sahr Ngaujah will lead the cast of FELA!. He is joined by Melanie Marshall and Paulette Ivory, who co-starred with Ngaujah in the Olivier-nominated Royal National Theatre production.

_FELA! _premiered off-Broadway in September of 2008 and won the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical before transferring to Broadway in November 2009 where its accolades included three 2010 Tony Awards including one for Best Choreography. Bill T. Jones also received the Astaire Award for Best Choreographer of the year in addition to this country’s most prestigious award, The Kennedy Center Honors.

This show is recommended for those ages 14 and older, and runs 2 hours and 30 minutes, with a 20-minute intermission.

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