Photo Coverage: FELA! Opening Night on Broadway - Red Carpet Arrivals!

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Fela!, the new musical based on the life and music of groundbreaking African composer, performer and activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, opened on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre (230 West 49th Street) last night, November 23, 2009.

This new musical is directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Bill T. Jones (Spring Awakening), with a book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones. Sahr Ngaujah and Kevin Mambo will play the title character on alternate performances, while the world renowned Antibalas and other members of the NYC Afrobeat community, under the direction of AaRon Johnson, will again perform Kuti's rousing music live onstage. Winner of this year's Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, Fela! was conceived by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis and Stephen Hendel. Fela! had its world premiere at Off-Broadway's 37 Arts in September 2008, where it enjoyed a sold-out limited run. Tickets for Fela! on Broadway are available through www.Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200.

In this revolutionary new musical, directed and choreographed by Tony® Award-winner Bill T. Jones with a book by Jim Lewis, 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! exploresKuti's controversial life as artist, political activist and revolutionary musician. Featuring many of Fela Kuti's most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones's imaginative staging, Fela! is a provocative hybrid of concert, dance and musical theater.

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Photo Coverage: FELA!  Opening Night on Broadway - Red Carpet Arrivals!

Photo Coverage: FELA!  Opening Night on Broadway - Red Carpet Arrivals!

Photo Coverage: FELA!  Opening Night on Broadway - Red Carpet Arrivals!

Photo Coverage: FELA!  Opening Night on Broadway - Red Carpet Arrivals!
Harry Belafonte with wife Pamela Belafonte

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Harry Belafonte with wife Pamela Belafonte

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Harry Belafonte

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David Byrne

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David Byrne

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Bobby Cannavale

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Bobby Cannavale

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Lee Daniels

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Lee Daniels

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Lee Daniels

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Oskar Eustis

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Sandra Isidore

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Angelique Kidjo

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Gayle King

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Gayle King

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Laurie Anderson

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Lou Reed

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Lou Reed & Laurie Anderson

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Lou Reed & Laurie Anderson

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Bill T. Jones, Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson

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Bill T. Jones, Lou Reed & Laurie Anderson

Photo Coverage: FELA!  Opening Night on Broadway - Red Carpet Arrivals!
Bill T. Jones and Lou Reed

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Sherie Rene Scott & Kurt Deutsch

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Sherie Rene Scott

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Sherie Rene Scott

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Sherie Rene Scott

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Ben Stiller

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Ben Stiller

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Ben Stiller

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Photo Coverage: FELA!  Opening Night on Broadway - Red Carpet Arrivals!
Shawn " Jay-Z " Carter

Photo Coverage: FELA!  Opening Night on Broadway - Red Carpet Arrivals!
Shawn " Jay-Z " Carter

Photo Coverage: FELA!  Opening Night on Broadway - Red Carpet Arrivals!
Shawn " Jay-Z " Carter

Photo Coverage: FELA!  Opening Night on Broadway - Red Carpet Arrivals!
Shawn " Jay-Z " Carter

Photo Coverage: FELA!  Opening Night on Broadway - Red Carpet Arrivals!
Shawn " Jay-Z " Carter

Photo Coverage: FELA!  Opening Night on Broadway - Red Carpet Arrivals!
Shawn " Jay-Z " Carter

Photo Coverage: FELA!  Opening Night on Broadway - Red Carpet Arrivals!

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


 
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