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FELA! BROADWAY REVIEWS
Opening Night: July 12, 2012
Synopsis: In this revolutionary new musical, audiences are welcomed into the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Using 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.
NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW:
"Though often regarded as the season of sloth, summer has its own energy. It’s what you sense in the suddenly wayward walks of city dwellers, liberated by wearing as few clothes as possible. Purposeful strides have been exchanged for something hypnotic, rhythmic and faintly subversive."
"Four years ago, Bill T. Jones' audacious musical "Fela!," a truly explosive tribute to Nigerian icon Fela Anikulapo Kuti, opened Off-Broadway and immediately caught on with theatergoers, modern dance enthusiasts, political junkies and even some celebrities."
"For the third time around in New York, "Fela!," the exuberant yet difficult musical about the Nigerian musician-activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, retains its ferociously entertaining energy. First produced Off-Broadway in 2008 and then reworked and tightened for a Broadway transfer in 2009, this innovative tuner told its protagonist's story in unflinchingly unconventional style. Now the touring version is making a brief Broadway summer stopover, but it feels more like a party than a challenging piece of political theater."
"It may be unfair to judge the whole of a years-long revolution by the behavior of its earliest proponents, but sometimes evolution's roiling waves make it impossible ignore a long-standing battle's context. Such is the case with the latest production of the musical Fela!, which technically just opened at the Al Hirschfeld, but is so busy tilting against the ghosts that preceded it that any new messages it may have to impart are lost in the resulting conflict."
"Fela!, the exuberant bio-musical about Nigerian activist, composer, and performer Fela Anikulapo Kuti, has returned to Broadway for a summer run at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre as part of the production's world tour."
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