Fela at the Olivier Theatre, London
FELA! – a provocative and wholly unique hybrid of dance, theatre and music, exploring the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti – will open at the Olivier Theatre on 16 November.
Using his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), FELA! reveals Kuti's controversial life as an artist and political activist. Featuring many of Fela Kuti's most captivating songs and Bill T Jones's visionary staging, this original new creation comes via Broadway to the National Theatre.
Sahr Ngaujah (who won an Obie Award for his performance) and Kevin Mambo, who alternate the title role in New York, will lead a new British cast.
FELA! received its world premiere Off-Broadway in September 2008, where it won the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, before transferring to Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre in November 2009; its highly acclaimed run will continue in New York while the production opens at the National Theatre in London
Afridiziak Theatre News review of Fela on Broadway
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Fela on Broadway official website
Fela London official website
Afridiziak Theatre News story on National Theatre to Produce Critically Acclaimed Musical Fela!