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Fela! Returns To Broadway This Summer
July 9, 2012 - August 4, 2012| $47
Summer is definitely about sunny beaches, refreshing sangria, and cool breezes … but it’s also about hip-gyrating beats and steamy parties. And you only need to head to Broadway for the latter two. This summer the critically-acclaimed smash hit Fela! returns to the Great White Way for 32 performances between July 9 and Aug. 4. Fela!, the brainchild of Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis and Stephen Hendel, presents the life of musician and Afrobeat creator Fela Kuti, who blended jazz, funk, and African rhythm and harmonies with simple yet powerful lyrics openly criticizing Nigeria’s corrupt and oppressive dictators. Fela! features many of Kuti’s songs performed by the stellar cast and choreography and staging by Jones. And the result is a rhythmic, exhilarating, and explosive hybrid of dance, theater, music, biography, and, of course, a heart-thumping party. The cast includes award-winner Sahr Ngaujah and the stars of London’s National Theatre Production of Fela!, Melanie Marshall and Paulette Ivory. Celebrities Jay-Z, Will and Jada Smith, Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson share producer titles along with other entertainment entities. www.felaonbroadway.com/