FELA! Returns to Ahmanson Theatre With Michelle Williams From Destiny's Child
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The last date listed for FELA! was Sunday May 5, 2013 / 6:30pm.
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from UVnLARed Velvet
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We came as skeptics, being longtime Fela Kuti fans. So, after the first few minutes it felt very strange indeed- sitting in this fancy theatre in comfortable seats consuming a product from the uber-commercial Broadway/Hollywood axis. Soon however, despite some shortcomings, it was clear that this event- about a figure who died many years ago- has remarkable resonance in our immediate here and now. Sure, Fela's music will live forever, that is certain. However, the developing journey of his life story and the passion of his message is NOW NOW NOW. A very forceful delineation of the momentous 99 vs 1% struggle currently evolving.
It is an outstanding and unique musical show. Powerhouse performances, especially from Sahr Ngaujah who delivers one of the most electrifying performances I've ever witnessed in decades of theatregoing.
Not the clearest storytelling and a bit simple in its "message" (given the complexities of Nigerian and African politics and social condition)- but that is not its mission. It blows away most criticism with energy and unforgettable music and heart and soul.
Those who prefer or expect something like the latest revival of "My Fair Lady" should probably keep away. Those who also appreciate "My Fair Lady" and maintain open minds will be blown away. Important to maintain an open and fair mind not only about theatrical events but more importantly the world around us- all of it.
There were many empty seats after the interval - in truth, mostly blue heads and preoccupied yuppies we noticed. Maybe they were the 1%. BTW I'm a 60 year old geezer myself, just for the record.
Don't miss it.
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Maybe I was expecting too much. The music is good (I went because already know and love Fela and Femi's music) and the dancing very energetic, but the story - while about an important figure - is quite simple and so needed to be told in a much...continued
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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!" —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 _
Winner of 3 Tony Awards!
From Producers Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett-Smith
FELA! is the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation. Inspired by his mother, a civil rights champion, he defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity.
_FELA! _is a triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, featuring Fela Kuti’s captivating music and the visionary direction and choreography of Tony Award-winner Bill T. Jones.