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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. JonesSahr 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. JonesJim 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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Saycon Sengbloh

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Saycon Sengbloh

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Chester Gregory

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Jenny Powers and Matt Cavenaugh

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Jenny Powers and Matt Cavenaugh

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Adesola Oskalumi

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Abena Koomson

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Jim Lewis

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Maija Garcia

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Maija Garcia

 

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The Kuti Family

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Ismael Kouyate

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Ismael Kouyate

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Ismael Kouyate & Kuti Family

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Aimee Graham Wodobode

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Aimee Graham Wodobode

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Billy Porter

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Billy Porter

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Nigel Smith

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Bill T. Jones

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Bill T. Jones

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Bill T. Jones

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Lillias White

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Lillias White

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Lillias White

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Elasea Douglas and Farai Malianga

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The ensemble smiles for the cameras!

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Lillias WhiteKevin MamboSahr Ngaujah and Saycon Sengbloh

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Jimmy Fallon

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Jimmy Fallon

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Jimmy Fallon

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Jimmy Fallon

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Spike Lee

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Spike Lee

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Spike Lee

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BaJab (c) and the Dry Eye Crew

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Sahr Ngaujah and his wife, Ayesha Ngaujah

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Kevin Mambo and Sahr Ngaujah

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Sahr Ngaujah and his wife, Ayesha Ngaujah

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Sahr Ngaujah

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Sahr Ngaujah

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Sahr Ngaujah

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At a young age Monica Simoes became a fan of the stage forever. She always dreamt of being a part of theatrical magic. However, those dreams seemed thwarted by her inability to carry a note and her two left feet. Yet, that minor speed bump didn't stop her. She has melded her passion for theatre and her photographic skill to capture the essence of Broadway. Monica is currently a student at Parsons the New School for Design. She hopes to continue enjoying all that Broadway has to offer through the viewfinder of her camera.