Wednesday, January 5, 2011

FELA! The Musical coming to Africa....

After a 14-month Broadway run, "Fela!" could return to its origins.
Producers for the Tony-winning show, which closed to an enthusiastic audience Sunday at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, are in talks for a two-year international tour that would stop in the Nigerian capital of Lagos and include the summer festival circuit in Europe. The musical, which explores the life of Afrobeat pioneer and activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, is set in 1970s Lagos, home of Mr. Kuti, the hottest musician in Africa at the time. He became an international music star in the 1980s, releasing nearly 70 albums before his death in 1997.
Nigeria has been touted by supporters and cast members as the penultimate stop for the production, but dollars, cents and venues are still in play.

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