The National Theatre to Produce Critically Acclaimed New Broadway Musical Fela!

Published: Monday March 22, 2010
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It was announced today that in November 2010, The National Theatre, one of the world’s most prestigious venues, will produce FELA!, this season’s most heralded new musical on Broadway. Performances at The National’s Olivier Theatre are slated to begin Saturday, November 6, with an official Opening Night set for Tuesday, November 16, 2010. FELA! will perform in repertory at the National with William Shakespeare’s HAMLET for a limited run.

Directed and choreographed by Tony®Award-winner Bill T. Jones, FELA! will open in London starring Sahr Ngaujah, who originated the role and currently appears in the Broadway production. Kevin Mambo, who shares the role with Mr. Ngaujah in NYC, will also join the otherwise all-British cast for a limited run. The Broadway production will continue its open-ended run.

Producing a hit Broadway musical with its original star on the Olivier stage is unprecedented for The National. FELA! is considered for inclusion in The National’s acclaimed NT Live series, a new initiative to capture productions on the National Theatre's stages live, in high definition, and broadcast via satellite to movie theatre’s around the world.

Lime magazine readers will remember our Dec/Jan issue – Lime’s Hot 2010 where the front cover was a striking image from Fela! On Broadway. We love being trailblazers.

Related links

Afridiziak Theatre News review of Fela! On Broadway

Fela! is showing at the Eugene O Neill theatre, Broadway until June 6, 2010.

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