Fela! is a spectacular American musical that is based upon a legendary artist in the world of music, Fela Kuti. This musical has its book written by Jim Lewis and Bill Jones with the music as well as the lyrics by Fela Kuti and based upon his spectacular music. Music by Jordan Mclean and Aaron Johnson is also present and some lyrics are contributed by Jim Lewis. The story behind this musical, as mentioned, follows the life of the iconic composer and activist, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. It presents his life during the day when he faced government pressure and over a thousand soldiers were sent to make him stop performing publicly at renowned nightclub, The Shrine in Lagos . This is a musical that is therefore a must see for anyone fond of the music of Fela Kuti, something that is done easily through Fela! tickets.
The sensational musical, Fela!
is a mindblowing tribute to the artist and activist of the same name and it features his sensational music. This musical debuted back in 2008 Off-Broadway and had performances for a month. It then debuted on Broadway in New York City in 2009. In 2010, this musical debuted in London . It is the recipient of many amazing awards including Lucille Lortel Awards and several Tony Awards. Any musical that can win not one but several Tony Awards is a musical that is definitely one of a kind for the Tony Award is an award presented to only the best in the world of musicals. In just two years of its premiere, this musical has already seen three productions.
The mind blowing musical, Fela!
, premiered at the 37 Arts Theatre B located in New York City . This was an Off-Broadway production and ran for a whole month in 2008. The musical itself was the brainchild of Jim Lewis, Bill T. Jones and Steve Hendel. It was choreographed as well as directed by Bill T. Jones. Marina Draghici was the costume designer and the scenic designer. The original cast of this production feature the role of Fela Kuti being played by Sahr Ngaujah with the role of his mother, Funmilayo, being played by Abena Koomson.
In 2009, previews for the Broadway production of Fela!
were showcased at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre and after a month, the production premiered. The choreographer and director of this production was also Bill T. Jones and in the cast, Kevin Mambo and Sahr Ngaujah played Fela Kuti whereas Lilias White played Funmilayo and Saycon Sengbloh played Sandra. This musical ran until the start of 2011. It was the Broadway production that received the largest number of Tony Award nominations that season at eleven Tony Award nominations including a Best Musical nomination. Fela!
, an eleven time Tony Award nominated musical, saw a production take place at the Olivier Theatre in London , UK , a theatre that is part of the UK ’s famous National Theatre. It has been seeing performances since then and is party of the famous repertoire of the National Theatre. It was also one of the musicals to be simulcast live all over the world as part of the international National Theatre Live. This production also saw Dele Sosimi, a musician who was a keyboard player alongside Fela Kuti, join the cast. 2011 saw this musical embark on a national tour of the US with the first performance taking place in September at the renowned Harman Center for the Arts located in Washington DC .
The national US tour also opened in Canada and was performed at the Canon Theatre in the capital of Canada , Toronto . This eleven time Tony Award nominated musical, truly a must see live courtesy of Fela! tickets
, has won many other awards. This includes four Drama Desk Award nominations, three Lucille Lortel Awards, five Lucille Lortel Award nominations, one Theatre World Award, eleven Tony Award nominations, three Tony Awards and one Grammy Award nominations, all won in just two years of Fela!
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