The new musical based on the life and music of Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
Comments from published critics
‘‘"Fela! is more than a musical; it’s an ecstatic phenomenon."’’
‘‘"Delivering exuberant storytelling through song and dance, Fela! achieves something closer to the essence of great musicals than many more conventional shows have of late."’’
‘‘"The concert format is punctuated with explosive dance numbers performed with an uninhibited joy and intensity by a fiercely talented ensemble. [Director, choreographer and co-creator] Bill T. Jones has delivered tight, sizzling staging that hits you with the force of a tidal wave."’’
‘‘"The show's raison d'etre is the music, ferociously performed by Antibalas, a Brooklyn-based band. [The] choreography...is outstanding and beautifully performed by a hardworking, sexy ensemble."’’
‘‘"As performed by 10 players, mostly members of Brooklyn’s Antibalas Afrobeat band, almost constant music makes “Fela!” as perfect a concert as it is a show. Bill T. Jones, who also directed, has devised spectacular African-inspired dances that fill every centimeter of the two-tiered set, repeatedly spill into the auditorium and seem barely containable by the theater’s walls."’’