Contributed by Island_Girl57
Imagine you are seated in a darkened theater, waiting for showtime and you discover this is no ordinary curtains up showtime … it’s FELA! Showtime. From the very first note, you are treated to a tale of following your dreams told through the sights and sounds of magnificent music, seductive choreography and spellbinding storytelling. As an added treat, enter Patti Labelle as FELA’s dead mother with her haunting, riveting and hypnotic voice. That Patti Labelle still has a set of pipes on her!
FELA! tells the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation. Motivated 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. [Source: http://felaonbroadway.com]
In the end, FELA! will cause you to move in your seat and you might even find yourself springing out of your seat to move with the infectious rhythms emanating from the stage. I did! FELA! a tour de force from beginning to end!