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BWW Draws the Curtain on 2013: This Year's Most Viewed Photo Flashes
by BWW Special Coverage - Dec 28, 2013

Today, check out BWW's 20 most viewed photo flashes from 2013, and catch up on anything that you might have missed within the last 12 months! (more...)

BWW Reviews: FELA at the Paramount – High Energy Message But Not Enough Story
by Jay Irwin - May 29, 2013

Musical Theater is a strange animal. It's trying to tell an engaging and evocative story through music. And when you frame that storytelling in the guise of a concert it gets even more difficult as the lyrics of the songs really need to drive that story but it can work ('Passing Strange', 'Hedwig' and 'Altar Boyz' to name a few). Unfortunately 'Fela', currently playing at the Paramount Theatre, does not work in that respect. It's more concert with a little story peppered in and while the cast is certainly talented and the energy is there, much of it felt self indulgent and just too long. (more...)

Photo Flash: Michelle Williams and More Celebrate FELA's Opening in LA
by BWW News Desk - Apr 28, 2013

R&B superstar Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child fame is one of the stars of 'Fela!' The musical, filled with the exuberant music of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, which opened on April 26 in Los Angeles and runs through May 5, 2013. Below, BroadwayWorld has photos of the cast and creative team celebrating opening night! (more...)

BWW Reviews: Afrobeat, Political Commentary FELA! Rocks the Palace Theatre
by Roy Berko - Apr 03, 2013

At the conclusion of FELA!, the Afrobeat political awareness musical, now on stage at the Palace Theatre, caskets are carried onto center stage and piled up. On top of the stack of caskets, emblazed with names such as Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and words such as 'freedom,' 'bullying' and 'oppression,' was a vertical box of death entitled, 'Chardon High School.' Yes, FELA! is filled with music, but it is a wrenching tale of genocide, oppression and death, not only in Nigeria, where the show is set, but across the world, including a Cleveland suburb. (more...)

Michele Williams of 'Destiny's Child' to Lead FELA! Tour, Coming to Miami 3/19-24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 23, 2013

Producers Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith and Ruth & Stephen Hendel announced that Grammy Award-winning recording artist and former member of Destiny's Child Michelle Williams will star in the national tour of the award-winning Broadway musical Fela!, coming to Miami's Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. (more...)

Michele Williams of 'Destiny's Child' Leads FELA! Tour, Coming to Miami Now thru 3/24
by BWW News Desk - Mar 19, 2013

Producers Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith and Ruth & Stephen Hendel previously announced that Grammy Award-winning recording artist and former member of Destiny's Child Michelle Williams would star in the national tour of the award-winning Broadway musical Fela!, coming to Miami's Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts from tonight, March 19 - 24. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Michelle Williams in FELA! National Tour
by BWW News Desk - Mar 12, 2013

Grammy Award-winning recording artist and former member of Destiny's Child Michelle Williams stars in the national tour of the award-winning Broadway musical Fela! Check out production shots of Williams and the cast in action below! (more...)

FELA! Comes to PlayhouseSquare, 4/2-4
by BWW News Desk - Feb 19, 2013

Producers Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith and Ruth & Stephen Hendel have announced that Grammy Award-winning recording artist and former member of Destiny's Child Michelle Williams will play the role of Sandra Isadore, activist and love interest to Fela Kuti in the national tour of the hit Award-winning Broadway musical Fela!, coming to Cleveland for three performances ONLY at PlayhouseSquare's Palace Theatre, April 2-4, 2013. Tickets are on sale now! (more...)

Around the Broadway World: Regional Highlights for the Week of 2/11
by BWW Special Coverage - Feb 15, 2013

At BroadwayWorld we pride ourselves in showcasing theater content submitted by our regional contributors from all corners of the globe. Get all your theater news at a glance each Friday with 'Around BWW: Regional Highlights of the Week'! Click below for the most-read stories for the week of February 11! (more...)

BWW Interviews: Adesola Osakalumi Starring in FELA!
by Linda Ann Watt - Feb 13, 2013

Serendipity or divine will brought Adesola Osakalumi to the role of Fela. Adesola's father owned a record label and a record store in the Bronx. Fela Kuti, the Nigerian multi-instrumental musician and human rights activist would come into the store. As a child, Adesola met him two times, observing the soul of the man. Now as an adult, Adesola is unfolding Fela's music, beliefs and life story. (more...)

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES: January 19- 25
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 25, 2013

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WEEK: Chita turns 80, STARCATCHER takes its final bow, ROCK OF AGES starts a party in Vegas, and so much more! (more...)

Photo Coverage: FELA! National Tour Cast Meets the Press- Michelle Williams and More!
by Walter McBride - Jan 23, 2013

Former member of Destiny's Child Michelle Williams will join the national tour of the hit Award-winning Broadway musical Fela! when it opens at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, DC on January 29. Fela! received three 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Choreography. Williams and the rest of the cast met the press earlier today, and you can check out full photo coverage from the festivities below! (more...)

FREEZE FRAME: Michelle Williams & Adesola Osakalumi Prepare for FELA! National Tour
by Walter McBride - Jan 23, 2013

Former member of Destiny's Child Michelle Williams will join the national tour of the hit Award-winning Broadway musical Fela! when it opens at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, DC on January 29. Fela! received three 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Choreography. Williams and the rest of the cast met the press earlier today, and you can check out a photo preview from the festivities below! (more...)

BWW Reviews: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM at the Shakespeare Theatre Company
by Charles Shubow - Dec 11, 2012

Cirque du Soleil Meets Shakespeare and it works beautifully. (more...)

STC To Bring FELA! Back to D.C. Audiences
by BWW News Desk - Dec 06, 2012

The Shakespeare Theatre Company kick-starts the new year with the return of FELA! After a sold-out run in 2011, the hit Broadway musical returns to STC's Sidney Harman Hall (610 F Street NW) from January 29 - February 10, 2013. Presented by Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, and Ruth and Stephen Hendel, FELA! is directed and choreographed by Tony Award® winner Bill T. Jones. Adesola Osakalumi will star as Kuti alongside a cast combining the toast of Broadway and members of the American and European casts. (more...)

FELA! Ends Limited Engagement on Broadway Today, Aug 4
by BWW News Desk - Aug 04, 2012

The return engagement of the award-winning production Fela! is set to close after 32 performances at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre tonight, August 4. (more...)

Review - Fela! Occupies The Hirschfeld
by Ben Peltz - Jul 16, 2012

When the original Broadway production of Fela! closed in January of 2011, Zuccotti Park was little more than a block-long plaza where Wall Streeters would enjoy a bit of lunchtime sun.  For now, at least, the park has pretty much returned to that status, aside from the tourists taking photos of themselves at the spot now famous for birthing the Occupy Wall Street movement. (more...)

Photo Coverage: Inside FELA!'s Opening Night Curtain Call!
by Walter McBride - Jul 13, 2012

Shawn 'JAY Z' Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, Ruth & Stephen Hendel, Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson and The National Theatre of Great Britain present the return of the critically acclaimed, award-winning Broadway and National Theatre of Great Britain production of Fela!, which just opened last night, July 12, for a limited run of 32 performances only at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street). BroadwayWorld was there for the big openeing night, and we bring you photos from the first curtain call below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: FELA! Opening Night- The Star-Studded Arrivals!
by Walter McBride - Jul 13, 2012

Shawn 'JAY Z' Carter, Will & Jada Pinkett Smith, Ruth & Stephen Hendel, Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson and The National Theatre of Great Britain present the return of the critically acclaimed, award-winning Broadway and National Theatre of Great Britain production of Fela!, which just opened last night, July 12, for a limited run of 32 performances only at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 West 45th Street). BroadwayWorld was there for the big openeing night, and we bring you photos from the star-studded arrivals below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: FELA! - Up on the Marquee!
by Jennifer Broski - Jun 17, 2012

The Broadway run of Fela! this summer at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre begins previews for its limited four-week run on Monday, July 9, with an official opening set for July 12, and will play through Saturday, August 4, 2012. The marquee is up! See below for a first look. (more...)

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