FELA!
Theatre: Eugene O'Neill
Status: Closed
(October 19, 2009 - January 02, 2011 )
  • Preview: October 19, 2009
  • Open: November 23, 2009
  • Close: January 2, 2011
Musical - Broadway Premiere
Running Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

A new musical based on the life of groundbreaking African composer, performer, activist and Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti.  Featuring, his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), “Fela!” explores Kuti's controversial life as artist, political activist and revolutionary musician.  Kuti’s music will be performed live on stage by Antibalas and other members of the
NYC Afrobeat community, under the direction of Aaron Johnson

For The Record:

“Fela!” had its World Premiere at 37 Arts on Sept 4, 2008.

Total Gross: $31,991,438
Average Weekly Gross: $507,801
Total Gross Potential: 59%
Total Attendance: 428,660
Average Weekly Attendance: 84%

Staff & Creative Team

Book Writer:

Bill T Jones
Jim Lewis

Music & Lyrics:

Fela Anikulapo-Kuti

Director & Choreographer:

Bill T Jones

Additional Lyrics:

Jim Lewis

Settings & Costumes:

Marina Draghici

Lighting:

Robert Wierzel

Projections:

Peter Nigrini

Musical Director & Arrangements:

Aaron Johnson

Arrangements:

Jordan McLean

Cast

Fela Anikulapo-Kuti  10/19/2009 - 01/02/2011
Sandra 10/19/2009 - 01/02/2011
Ismael 10/19/2009 - 01/02/2011
Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti  10/19/2009 - 09/12/2010
J.K. Braiman (Tap Dancer) 10/19/2009 - 01/02/2011
Ensemble  10/19/2009 - 01/02/2011