I’m sure most of you have heard about Fela! from a friend, advertisement or seen it on the news after it received 11 Tony Award nominations.Â Well, let me be the first to tell you that this time you can believe the hype.Â Fela! chronicles the life of Nigerian Afrobeat music pioneer and activist Fela Anikuapo-Kuti.
This November Fela! will make its way across the water and the folks in London will get to experience Bill T. Jones’ critically acclaimed Broadway musical.Â And if all this exciting news still isn’t enough for you, next January the fill will be featured on the silver screen.Â NT Live series(by the National Theater) will broadcast live performances of the play in high definition and broadcast via satellite to 300 cinemas and performing arts centers in 22 countries adding to the show’s international debut.
I’ve been to many Broadway plays, but Fela! is different, there hasn’t been anything like this in the 10 years I’ve been going to shows.Â Fela! is exciting, upbeat and definitely worth experiencing.