His story inspired a nation. His music inspired the world. The Tony Award-winning Fela!, is the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation.
Inspired by his mother, a civil rights champion, he defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity.
Fela! is a triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, featuring Fela Kuti’s captivating music and the visionary direction and choreography of Tony-Award winner Bill T. Jones.
For more information on the life of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti please visit http://felaonbroadway.com/more.php.
Fela! cast recording
Finding Depth in Fela’s Women (NY Times)
The women of the Broadway musical Fela! see their characters as integral parts of the complex and contradictory tale of the man who inspired the musical.
Kevin Mambo, Patti LaBelle, Saycon Sengbloh, Corey Baker, Hettie Vyrine Barnhill, Lauren De Veaux, Nicole Chantal DeWeever, Elasea Douglas, Rujeko Dumbutshena, Catherine Foster, Aimee Graham Wodobode, Rasaan-Elijah “Talu” Green, Shaneeka Harrell, Abena Koomson, Ismael Kouyaté, Gelan Lambert, Farai Malianga, Shakira Marshall, Afi McClendon, Adesola Osakalumi, Jeffrey Page, Daniel Soto, Jill Vallery, Iris Wilson, J.L. Williams
Author: Jim Lewis, Bill T. Jones
Music & Lyrics: Fela Anikulapo Kuti
Director: Bill T. Jones
Choreographer: Bill T. Jones
Producer: Fela Broadway LLC
Press Agent: Kornberg & Associates
Nominated for 11 2010 Tony Awards
- Best Musical
- Best Book of a Musical - Jim Lewis & Bill T. Jones
- Leading Actor in a Musical - Sahr Ngaujah
- Featured Actress in a Musical - Lillias White
- Best Direction of a Musical - Bill T. Jones
- Best Choreography - Bill T. Jones - Winner!
- Best Orchestrations - Aaron Johnson
- Best Scenic Design of a Musical - Marina Draghici
- Best Costume Design of a Musical - Marina Draghici - Winner!
- Best Lighting Design of a Musical - Robert Wierzel
- Best Sound Design of a Musical - Robert Kaplowitz - Winner!
Nominated for 2 2010 Outer Critics Circle Awards
Winner of 3 2009 Lucille Lortel Awards
- Outstanding New Broadway Musical
- Outstanding Choreographer - Bill T. Jones
- Outstanding Musical
- Outstanding Choreography - Bill T Jones - Winner!
- Outstanding Costume Design - Marina Draghici