“Fela” Produced By Jay-Z & The Smith’s And Starring Michelle Williams On Nationwide Tour
A musical called Fela, which won Tony Awards after a 15-month Broadway run beginning in 2009, has resumed production. The play is produced by Jay-Z, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith. Stars include many seasoned Broadway actors such as Adesola Osakalumi as Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, and Michelle Williams from Destiny’s child. This time the production will be touring several cities in the USA through mid-2013 including Washington DC, Miami, Dallas, Chicago, Detroit, LA, and more. See the full list of cities here and find information about tickets.
Here’s a description of the musical Fela from the FelaOnBroadway.com
A spectacularly inspiring and triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, FELA! is based on the life of Fela Kuti, who created Afrobeat—a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies—and mixed these sensual eclectic rhythms with simple but powerful lyrics that openly assailed Nigeria’s corrupt and oppressive dictatorships. Featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs performed by a combined cast of the original Broadway production and the Royal National Theatre production all under Bill T. Jones’s visionary staging, FELA! reveals Kuti’s life as an artist and human rights activist and celebrates his pioneering music in what has been hailed as one of the most exciting, exhilarating and vital stage experiences in recent memory.
Watch the official trailer for the production below: