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Fela! explores Fela Anikulapo Kuti's controversial life as an artist, political activist and revolutionary musician as well as his pioneering blend of jazz, funk and traditional African rhythms that launched the Afrobeat community.

This show is closed.

Performances ended on Aug. 4, 2012.

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About Fela! on Broadway

Previews: Jul 9, 2012 • Closing: Aug 4, 2012
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Al Hirschfeld Theatre Al Hirschfeld Theatre
302 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036
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Assisted listening and Closed Captioning devices always available.
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Orchestra only. There are no steps to the designated wheelchair seating locations.
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What Is Fela! About?
Upon entering the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, audiences of Fela! find themselves in the “Afrika Shrine,” a 1970s Lagos nightclub and political stage belonging to the show’s namesake central character, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Through song, dance and onstage banter with the audience, Fela (a real-life historical figure from Nigeria) begins to share the extraordinary details of his life, from his travels across the globe to his development of the show’s signature fusion of jazz, funk and traditional African drum music known as Afrobeat. Fela, his band and his tribe of wives (the real man had, at one point, 27 spouses) also depict their politically oppressed Nigera, a country terrorized by its own government, and the crimes committed by their leaders against them. As stories from tragic to inspiring unfold, exhilarating song and dance drive one man’s legendary journey forward.


A collection of our favorite reviews from professional news sources.

""Fela! is more than a musical; it’s an ecstatic phenomenon.""

Time Out New York

David Cote

""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.""

USA Today

Elysa Gardner

""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.""


David Sheward

""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.""

The Hollywood Reporter

Frank Scheck

""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.""

Bloomberg News

John Simon

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Fela Anikulapo Kuti
Melanie Marshall
Paulette Ivory


Fela Anikulapo Kuti
Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones
Director and Choreographer
Bill T. Jones
Set and Costume Designer
Marina Draghici
Lighting Design
Robert Wierzel
Sound Designer
Rob Kaplowitz
Aaron Johnson
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