Producers Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith presents the hit multiple Tony Award-winning Broadway musical FELA! at the historic Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, opening Tuesday, February 14th, with performances through March 4th, 2012. Fela! is the musical, based on the life of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.
Fela! opened at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre to critical and audience acclaim in 2009 and subsequently received 11 Tony Award nominations. Ultimately winning three 2010 Tony Awards®, including Best Choreography, Best Costume Design and Best Sound Design.
Fela! is the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation, is a triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, featuring Kuti’s captivating music and the visionary direction and choreography of Tony Award-winner Bill T. Jones.
Inspired by his mother, a civil rights champion, Kuti defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity.
The Music Hall performances will feature the best of both the Broadway and London casts as the theater will be transformed into the set of a Fela Kuti stadium concert in 1976. The kinetic and sensual Afrobeat rhythms provide a mesmerizing soundtrack which help tell the story of this phenomenal musician, composer, agitprop firebrand, human rights pioneer and husband to as many of 27 wives, who not only changed the face of music, but also his home country of Nigeria.
*FELA! Performance Schedule*
Tuesdays -- Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm, Sundays at 3pm & 7:30pm
Tickets are $30, $40, $50, $75, $100
Music Hall Box Office 313 887-8501
www.felaonbroadway.com or www.ticketmaster.com
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Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts Jazz Café
350 Madison Detroit, MI 48226 (313) 887-8501