Following overwhelming success and critical acclaim from coast to coast, the smash Broadway hit and 3-Time Tony Award-Winning musical, FELA! returns to Atlanta. Wendell Brock of the Atlanta Journal Constitution raved “FELA! is like nothing else in theater today..” and “…Nothing could stop the force of nature and mind-blowing energy that is “FELA!” This week’s engagement in Atlanta has been met with such excitement and intense popular demand, producers of FELA!-Jay-Z, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Stephen & Ruth Hendel have announced the musical’s extension for this week’s run in Atlanta. The smash hit musical will now play Thursday, February 28 to Wednesday, March 6, 2013 for an Exclusive Engagement at The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree Street Northeast in downtown Atlanta. TICKETS for this week’s run and the new added dates on Tuesday, March 5 and Wednesday, March 6 are ON SALE NOW!
Atlanta native Duain Richmond will open the Atlanta engagement of Fela! in the starring role of “Fela Kuti” and Adesola Osakalumi will also star as “Fela Kuti” at select performances. International R&B superstar Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child fame will star in the role of “Sandra Isadore,” activist and love interest of Fela Kuti. Other principals featured are Melanie Marshall as “Funmilayo,” Fela Kuti’s mother, Ismael Kouyate as “Ismael” and Gelan Lambert as “J.K. Braimah/Tap Dancer/Egungun”. At certain performances, Adesola Osakalumi will also be featured in the role of “Fela Kuti.” Also included in the cast are Oneika Phillips, Shakira Marshall, Jill Vallery, Daniel Soto, Kafi Pierre, Justin Prescott, Jason Herbert and Uti Uyoata.
A triumphant and inspirational tale of courage, passion and love, Fela! is the true story of Kuti, who created a type of music, Afrobeat, and mixed these pounding eclectic rhythms (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies) with rousing lyrics that openly attacked the corrupt and oppressive military dictatorships that ruled Nigeria and much of Africa. Featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones’s visionary staging, the global phenomenon that is Fela! reveals Kuti’s controversial life as an artist and political activist, while at the same time celebrating his pioneering music and commitment to the cause of universal human dignity. “More than a musical, an ecstatic phenomenon” (David Cote, Time Out New York), Fela! “Is a spectacularly inspiring hybrid: theater, music, dance, biography, history lesson, political rally, and religious experience. Sublime” (Joyce Kulhawik).
Fela! is directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Bill T. Jones, with a book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones, it was conceived by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis and Stephen Hendel. Fela! received three 2010Tony Awards, including Best Choreography.
Fela! had its world premiere Off-Broadway in the summer of 2008, and opened on Broadway at the Eugene O’Neil Theater to rapturous reviews a year later where it played 34 previews and 463 regular performances. Numerous celebrities and dignitaries caught the groundbreaking musical, including First Lady Michelle Obama, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Kanye West, Oprah Winfrey and Hugh Jackman, among others. Prior to its closing on Broadway, London’s Royal National Theatre presented the production as part of its season in the fall of 2010, marking the first time ever that the National Theatre had presented a show that was simultaneously running on Broadway. There, too, the show received rave reviews and numerous awards and accolades. The show went on to tour internationally, selling out theaters in Nigeria, Amsterdam, a return stint in London then a successful tour across the United States, culminating in an acclaimed encore four-week engagement on Broadway during the summer of 2012.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.foxatltix.com, by calling 855-ATL-TIXX (855-285-8499) and at the Fox Theatre Box Office (660 Peachtree Street Northeast -Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Ticket prices range from $38 to $63.50.
For more information about the show, please visit the official Fela! website at www.FelaOnBroadway.com.
The remaining Atlanta performance schedule for Fela! is as follows:
- Sunday, March 3 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 5 at 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, March 6 at 8 p.m.