Venue Details

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts - Music Theater
Ordway Main Hall 345 Washington St. Saint Paul, MN 55102
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4.8 / 5 Rated by 29 members
Review from Nancy
7 events 5 reviews

The play had great music and dancing. The main character spoke much too fast and was very hard to understand so parts were missed. Quite a few left at intermission.

reviewed Jun 13 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from Marti
28 events 3 reviews

LOVED IT. Amazing energy, visually stunning, engaging story. Extremely fortunate to catch these talented world renowned stage actors, singers, musicians and dancers. Really had no concept of what an incredible show we were in for, can't recommend...continued

reviewed Jun 13 2012 report as inappropriate
Review from laurie lee
8 events 3 reviews

The whole experience was a wild extravaganza with many audience members dressing up in fantastic African clothing. I can see why Fela received multiple Tony awards. The whole premise of musicals, breaking into song and dance can feel contrived,...continued

reviewed Jun 12 2012 report as inappropriate
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Quotes & Highlights

Check out the official FELA! website for videos and more.
Read the stellar Goldstar member reviews for this production’s Los Angeles run, or check out the reviews of the show in Washington
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. —_New York 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


FELA! is a new musical directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Bill T. Jones, in which audiences are welcomed into the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afro-beat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Using his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk, and African rhythm and harmonies), FELA! explores Kuti’s controversial life as an artist, political activist and revolutionary musician. A three-time Tony Award winner in 2010, this production arrives at the Ordway direct from Broadway.

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