Run Time:
2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission
Opened: July 12, 2012
Closing: August 04, 2012

Fela! - 2012 - Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

The production received its world premiere Off-Broadway in September 2008, and won the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, before transferring to Broadway’s Eugene O’Neill Theatre in November 2009 where its accolades included three 2010 Tony Awards®, for Best Choreography, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Design, and an Astaire Award for Bill T. Jones’ choreography. It closed on Broadway in January 2011 and has been touring the US since.

A triumphant 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 incendiary lyrics that openly attacked the corrupt and oppressive military dictatorships that rule Nigeria and much of Africa. Featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones’s visionary staging, FELA! reveals Kuti's controversial life as an artist and political activist and celebrates his pioneering music.

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Apple Music Launches Africa Now Radio Hosted By Cuppy by Kaitlin Milligan - May 28, 2020

Apple Music today announced its new show Africa Now Radio with Cuppy, host of the show and Nigerian-born DJ and curator.

Ailey All Access Offers Free Weekly Performance Streams, Dancer Curated Content and Online Dance Classes by A.A. Cristi - May 27, 2020

The Ailey organization continues to reach out to inspire all people with Ailey All Access, a series of online offerings including free streaming of performances, dance and fitness classes, educational programs and original short films created by the Ailey dancers.a??

Finalistas a los PREMIOS DE TEATRO MUSICAL XIII by Jose German Martinez Paneque - May 27, 2020

Ya conocemos los finalistas a la XIII edición de los PREMIOS DE TEATRO MUSICAL (PTM), que reconocen el trabajo de productoras, artistas, técnicos etc. del sector año tras año y acercan más todavía el sector al gran público.

Broadway Catch Up: May 27 - Max von Essen, Linda Eder, Taylor Louderman, Neil Patrick Harris, and More! by Stephi Wild - May 27, 2020

Check out yesterday's highlights from some of your favorites, including Max von Essen, Linda Eder, Darren Criss, Jordan Fisher, Taylor Louderman, Neil Patrick Harris, and more!

VIDEO: Watch Oneika Phillips, Lillias White and More Come Together to Spread Joy with FELA! by Stage Tube - May 26, 2020

It's been over a decade since Fela! first took Broadway by storm, and still, in 2020, its cast is united and making a difference. Oneika Phillips, who starred in the 2012 return engagement, put out a call to her cast mates to come together for the #DontRush Challenge. 'It evolved into an even more meaningful project with layers of celebration such as aligning with the ten-year anniversary of the show's 11 Tony nominations, including Sahr as Fela and Lillias White as Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti. A decade ago, we were at the height of breaking ceilings and blowing minds on Broadway,' writes Phillips.

The Ailey Organization to Present First-Ever AILEY SPIRIT GALA Global Broadcast by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 26, 2020

The Ailey organization is continuing its mission of using dance to uplift and unite all people with the first-ever Ailey Spirit Gala global broadcast on Thursday, June 11 at 7:30pm ET featuring the incomparable Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the rising stars of Ailey II, gifted young dancers from The Ailey School and talented students from AileyCamp.

Lincoln Center at Home Presents New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre & More for Dance Week by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 26, 2020

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts announced a week devoted to dance from Saturday, May 30 to Thursday, June 4, 2020.

Lincoln Center at Home Announces Upcoming Calendar of Events Featuring ACT ONE Starring Santino Fontana & More by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 21, 2020

Lincoln Center at Home is maintaining connections to the arts during the COVID-19 pandemic. A free, one-stop portal to all digital offerings from across the iconic campus, offerings include Lincoln Center Pop-Up Classroom, #ConcertsForKids, and an array of archival and livestream performances.

Ailey All Access Upcoming Schedule to Include Camille A. Brown's City of Rain, Artist Conversations and Online Classes by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 20, 2020

During challenging times, the Ailey organization continues Alvin Ailey's legacy by inspiring people around the globe, reaching nearly 12 million people online. Ailey All Access, a series of streaming programming, including free weekly performance broadcasts, Ailey dancer curated short films and conversations, and more!

Lincoln Center At Home to Present 'Dance Week' by A.A. Cristi - May 15, 2020

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) announces a week devoted to dance from Saturday, May 30 to Thursday, June 4, 2020.

Lincoln Center Announces Dance Week Featuring New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and More by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 14, 2020

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) announces a week devoted to dance from Saturday, May 30 to Thursday, June 4, 2020.

Ailey All Access Online Initiative Reaches Nearly 10 Million People to Date With More to Come by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 12, 2020

For over six decades, the Ailey organization has brought people together through dance performances and programs manifesting founder Alvin Ailey's belief that 'dance came from the people and that it should always be delivered back to the people.'

Ovalhouse Announces New Artistic Director and New Venue Name Change by Stephi Wild - Mar 5, 2020

Ovalhouse has announced its new Artistic Director, Gbolahan Obisesan, will start in April 2020. Gbolahan will be leading the theatre into its new venue in Brixton, South London and succeeds Deborah Bestwick who steps down after 20 years at the helm.

Bill T. Jones and Carrie Mae Weems Announced as Inaugural Artists in Residence at The Brotherhood/Sister Sol by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 5, 2020

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) -- Harlem's nationally acclaimed youth development, education, and social justice organization -- today announced legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones and celebrated contemporary American artist Carrie Mae Weems as the organization's inaugural artists in residence.

Jennifer Damiano, Brandon Victor Dixon and More to Star in World Premiere of BLACK NO MORE by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 4, 2020

The New Group will launch its 2020-2021 Season with Black No More, featuring Book by John Ridley (Oscar winner 12 Years a Slave), Music and Lyrics by Tarik Trotter (Black Thought of The Roots), Choreography by Bill T. Jones (Spring Awakening, Fela!) and Music Supervision, Orchestrations and Vocal Arrangements by Daryl Waters (Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk).

Bill T. Jones' DEEP BLUE SEA Announced At Park Avenue Armory by A.A. Cristi - Mar 4, 2020

This April, renowned director, choreographer, and dancer Bill T. Jones presents and performs in the world premiere of his monumental new work, Deep Blue Sea, at Park Avenue Armory, marking Jones' first time performing in fifteen years. Using deconstructed texts from Martin Luther King Jr.'s “I Have a Dream” and Herman Melville's Moby Dick, the highly personal work explores the interplay of single and group identities and the pursuit of the elusive “we” during fractious times.

Broadway Rewind: FELA! Arrives on Broadway in 2010! by BroadwayWorld TV - Jun 25, 2020

Today we rewind to 2010, when Fela! was celebrating its eleven Tony nominations. Fela! ran for 463 performances at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, and returned to Broadway in 2012 for another 28 performances.

Ronald K. Brown Announced as the Recipient of the 2020 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 17, 2020

Jacob's Pillow has announced Ronald K. Brown as the recipient of the 2020 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award. A master choreographer and visionary storyteller, Brown's distinct blend of West African, Caribbean, and contemporary genres is embedded with an unmatched sense of musicality, spiritual traditions, and humanity.

American Theatre Wing Reschedules 2020 Obie Awards for Tuesday, July 14 by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 8, 2020

The American Theatre Wing and The Village Voice have announced that the 65th Annual Obie Awards, New York's preeminent celebration of Off- and Off-Off-Broadway theater, are now set to premiere on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 8:00pm EDT.

Samantha Williams To Host Screening Of First Amateur Production Of FELA! by A.A. Cristi - Jul 31, 2020

Samantha Williams (Caroline, or Change, Dear Evan Hansen) will host a free screening of the Kinder High School for the Performing Arts (Kinder HSPVA) production of FELA! on Saturday, August 8 at 6:30 pm ET/ 5:30 pm CT.

Jaga Jazzist Releases Song and Music Video for 'Tomita' by Kaitlin Milligan - Jul 23, 2020

Today, Norwegian jazz group Jaga Jazzist Releases Song and Music Video for 'Tomita', the latest single off the band's upcoming LP Pyramid out August 9, 2020 on Brainfeeder Records.

West End Production of MOULIN ROUGE! Delayed to Autumn 2021 by Stephi Wild - Jul 22, 2020

The West End production of Moulin Rouge! has been delayed until Autumn 2021.

Philadelphia Theatre Company Hires Director Jeffrey Page as a Resident Artist by Stephi Wild - Jul 2, 2020

Philadelphia Theatre Company has hired New York director Jeffrey Page as a resident artist, to deepen the diversity of the theatre's future.

VIDEO: Cole Escola Performs the Opening Number From the 2020 Obie Awards by Stage Tube - Jul 17, 2020

The 65th Annual Obie Awards, presented by the American Theatre Wing, premiered on YouTube on July 14. The prerecorded ceremony was hosted by comedian, actor and writer Cole Escola. Watch the opening number, titled 'The Show Must Go On', performed by Escola!

Hammer Theatre and One Year Lease Theater Company Mark Anniversary of U.S. Moonwalk With PIECES OF THE MOON by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 15, 2020

Audiences can mark the 51st anniversary of the U.S. landing on the moon July 20 when Hammer Theatre Center and One Year Lease Theater Company (OYL) partner for a special presentation of Pieces of the Moon, a timely and compelling new play by Nick Flint adapted for radio, making its World Premiere via live stream.

SummerStage Anywhere Announces July & August Daily Program Schedule by Kaitlin Milligan - Jul 1, 2020

Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage is thrilled to announce the continuation of its free digital series SummerStage Anywhere. The platform will offer one-of-a-kind digital arts content daily kicking off the week of July 6th. 

BWW TV: EL REY LE"N en Madrid es Musical 2020 by Juan-Jose Gonzalez - Jan 5, 2020

El viernes 3 de enero y el sábado 4 de enero de 2020 todos los grandes musicales de Madrid han salido a la Puerta del Sol para una actuación especial. Tiago Barbosa y Fela Dominguez, como Simba y Nala, encabezan la compañía de EL REY LE?"N, el musical que más tiempo se ha mantenido en cartel en la Gran Vía, actualmente en el Lope de Vega de Madrid.

The Broadway Concert Series Continues with Lillias White and Betty Buckley at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 3, 2020

The Broadway Concert Series continues with Lillias White Presented by Vi at Aventura on Sunday, February 9 at 7 p.m.

BWW Flashback: The Last 10 Cast Albums to Win the Best Musical Theater Album Grammy by Abigail Charpentier - Jan 24, 2020

On Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards will name the newest Best Musical Theater Album based on cast recordings released in the previous year. This year, the nominees for the award includeAin't Too Proud: The Life And Times Of The Temptations, Hadestown, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, The Music Of Harry Potter And The Cursed Child - In Four Contemporary Suites and Oklahoma!. Before a new cast album takes home the title, look back on the 10 most recent cast recordings to win the Best Musical Theater Album Grammy Award!

André De Shields Will Replace Tommy Tune For Performance at Old School Square's Crest Theatre by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 23, 2020

Tommy Tune's anticipated performance scheduled for this year at Old School Square's Crest Theatre has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. André De Shields will proudly be presented in his place.

Documentary Series LAUREL CANYON to Premiere on EPIX This May by Kaitlin Milligan - Jan 20, 2020

Premium network EPIX® has announced that its two-part doc series Laurel Canyon will premiere Sunday, May 31st at 10p.m., and conclude the following Sunday, June 7th at 10p.m.  Directed by Alison Ellwood (History of the Eagles), the series features an intimate portrait of the artists who created a music revolution through a wealth of rare and newly unearthed footage and audio recordings.  

Antibalas Releases Single 'Amenawon' Today by Sarah Jae Leiber - Jan 13, 2020

With a globetrotting 20-year career renowned for being a voice for the people across four decades of political and societal upheaval from the late '90s to today, Antibalas celebrates its 20th Anniversary with a stark return to their Williamsburg roots on its latest Daptone Records studio album, Fu Chronicles (Release Date: February 7, 2020). Pre-gentrified Williamsburg serves as the backdrop for Fu Chronicles -- voyaging back to the early days of when Antibalas and revered soul label Daptone Records spawned out of lead singer Duke Amayo's kung fu dojo. A senior master of the Jow Ga Kung Fu School of martial arts, Duke Amayo along with Antibalas founder/baritone saxophonist Martín Perna guide listeners through an epic journey of where kung fu ingeniously intersects with Afrobeat on Fu Chronicles.

Karney Announces New EP BETTER by Kaitlin Milligan - Feb 3, 2020

Anna Karney has been making great music for many years, performing across the United States and collaborating with many talented and notable artists. As a solo artist she has put out several singles and EPs, and now with her band KARNEY is set to release a new EP titled BETTER, a stunning collection of original new songs together with a remix, and a cover of 'Ramble On,' one of Karney's favorite Led Zeppelin songs.

Aisha Jawando and Jammy Kasongo Will Lead TINA - THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL in London by Stephi Wild - Feb 28, 2020

Aisha Jawando and Jammy Kasongo will lead the cast as Tina and Ike in TINA a?" THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL as the hit production enters its third year in the West End. Joining them and making her West End debut is Chanel Haynes as the alternate Tina.

Jaga Jazzist Announce First New Album Since 2015 by Abigail Charpentier - Feb 26, 2020

Jaga Jazzist return with new album Pyramid, their first album since 2015's Starfire and ninth overall in a career spanning four decades, out on April 24th. It marks the group's debut on Brainfeeder, the LA-based imprint curated by Flying Lotus. 

Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela's 'Slow Bones' Premieres at okayafrica by Abigail Charpentier - Feb 26, 2020

“Slow Bones,” the latest track from Rejoice, the upcoming collaborative album from legendary African artists Tony Allen and Hugh Masekela, is premiering now at okayafrica.

World/Inferno Friendship Society Unveil New Single From Upcoming LP by Sarah Jae Leiber - Dec 12, 2019

World/Inferno Friendship Society are back with a new single from their upcoming All Borders are Porous to Cats LP. The album is set to be released on January 17th 2020 via Alternative Tentacles. In addition to a New Years Eve show in Brooklyn, you can catch the band on tour throughout January and February!

Sefi Zisling Shares Video For 'ONGOING MORNING' by Sarah Jae Leiber - Dec 11, 2019

Tel Aviv trumpeter Sefi Zisling has shared the video for “Ongoing Morning”, taken from Expanse, his highly acclaimed sophomore album, which was also released via Tru Thoughts last month - watch + share via YouTube. Here directors Dorel & Agata, who filmed and directed the whole recording process, capture and share the special vibe that was the essence in the making of the record – an intimacy and togetherness that made the music flow and flourish.

SNNY Releases 'Postmodern Black' Single by Kaitlin Milligan - Aug 5, 2020

Born in Ivory Coast, raised in Boston and currently residing in Iceland, rising international musician snny has released his latest single, 'Postmodern Black' (5th of August) via Radio Silence.

BLACK DANCE STORIES Announces August 2020 Lineup by Chloe Rabinowitz - Aug 4, 2020

Black Dance Stories has announced its August 2020 lineup featuring dancers and choreographers who use their work to raise societal issues, strengthen community through their programming, and use history as a source of inspiration.

Samantha Williams Presents a Livestream of FELA! by Stephi Wild - Aug 3, 2020

Samantha Williams (Caroline, or Change, Dear Evan Hansen) will host a free screening of the Kinder High School for the Performing Arts (Kinder HSPVA) production of FELA! on Saturday, August 8 at 6:30 pm ET/ 5:30 pm CT.

Darren Criss to Join John Boyega On Sci-Fi Podcast THERE BE MONSTERS by A.A. Cristi - Aug 3, 2020

Darren Criss has signed on to join Star Wars star John Boyega in a new narrative sci-fi thriller podcast, titled There Be Monsters.

BWW Review: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, Archive Recording at Curve by Jenny Ell - Apr 6, 2020

Following the popularity of last week's stream of Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual, Curve have whipped out another archive recording; this time, their 2016 production of The Importance of Being Earnest, co-produced with Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

VIDEO: Forget Your Troubles and Get Happy with a New Single from Lillias White! by Stage Tube - Apr 6, 2020

Tony and Emmy Award Winner Lillias White is releasing her highly-anticipated second album, entitled, GET HAPPY!  The album is scheduled for release in Spring 2020 - and is a modern mix of Motown, Standards, Rock-and-Roll, and Jazz a?" all re-invented for today's audiences. The tracks all center on the theme of a?oehappinessa??.  

Curve to Share THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST Online For Free by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 3, 2020

urve (Leicester) are going to share a tech recording of their critically acclaimed production of The Importance of Being Earnest (2016) online for free. The production will be uploaded on Sunday 5th April at 7pm as a warm up to the Oliver Awards - Greatest Moments, airing at 10.15pm on ITV.

Ailey All Access Free Online Initiative Bringing Dance To The People Extended Through June by A.A. Cristi - Apr 21, 2020

The Ailey organization regrets to announce that health concerns related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic will prevent Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's presentation of a June engagement at Lincoln Center, where the Company has performed for audiences each spring since 2013. 

21 Spanish Musical Theatre Artists Join Together To Pay Homage To The Shows On The Playbill This Season by A.A. Cristi - Apr 21, 2020

21 artists from the Spanish musical theatre world join together to pay homage to the shows on the playbill this season on the stages of Madrid and Barcelona.

STAGE TUBE: VIDEOCONFINADOS 2020 rinde homenaje al Teatro Musical en España by Jose German Martinez Paneque - Apr 20, 2020

21 artistas de Teatro Musical de nuestro país se han unido para rendir homenaje a las producciones que lamentablemente se han paralizado por culpa de la crisis sanitaria que estamos viviendo.

Flashback Video: Lillias White Performs 'When You Wish Upon a Star' at Feinstein's/54 Below by Stage Tube - Apr 2, 2020

Feinstein's/54 Below has released their latest #54BelowatHome flashback video! In today's video, watch Lillias White perform 'When You Wish Upon a Star.' The performance was part of Lillias White: Make Someone Happy on July 30, 2019 at Feinstein's/54 Below.

VIDEO: TINA's Aisha Jawando Performs 'Simply the Best' in Honor of the NHS by Stage Tube - Apr 18, 2020

Tina's Aisha Jawando performed a rendition of Simply the Best while at home, in honor of the NHS.


Fela! has had 6 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 2008, Off-Broadway which opened in 2008, Broadway which opened in 2009, West End which opened in 2010, US Tour which opened in 2011 and Broadway which opened in 2012.



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