By Sondra Smith | Posted on October 19, 2009 12:42 PM
Runaway hit Fela! Begins Performances On Broadway October 19, 2009m despite a barrage of legal troubles from original author and historian Carlos Moore
Following a brief but buzz-generating Off-Broadway run, the new musical Fela! comes to Broadway for a run at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. Directed and choreographed by modern dance legend Bill T. Jones (who previously electrified Broadway with his Spring Awakening choreography, for which he won a Tony Award), Fela! is about the life and music of African musician Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Bill T. Jones and Jim Lewis wrote the book for the biographical musical, which features Fela's own music, performed onstage by local Afrobeat group Antibalas. The role of the musical's hero is performed alternately by Sahr Ngaujah and Kevin Mambo.
Fela! is set for an official Broadway opening on November 23, 2009 at Eugene O'Neill Theatre in NYC