Back in October we at GidiNoize gave you the news about the proposed Fela! musical which was to be produced by Jay-Z , Will Smith and Jada Pinkett(to read the previous post click here).
Yesterday was the official opening night of the musical, Fela! and it took place at the Eugene O’neill Theatre, various greats such as the likes of the title producers-(Jay-Z,Will Smith&Jada Pinkett),Ben Stiller,Spike Lee,Yeni Kuti,Kunle Kuti and many more graced this event.
Fela! has been forecasted to be one of the best broadway musicals everand the role of Fela Anikulapokuti was played by two people;Sahr Ngaujah and Kevin Mambo, I must say the make-up artist tried.
The synopsis of Fela! as seen on the official website(www.felaonbroadway.com) is thus
”In this new musical audiences are welcomed into the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti. Using his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), Fela!(the musical) explores Kuti’s controversial life as an artist, political activist and revolutionary musician. Featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs and Bill T. Jones’s imaginative staging, this new show is a provocative hybrid of concert, dance and musical theater”.