Find out how one man defied a corrupt and brutal military regime through his words and music when the Music Hall Center presents FELA! February 12-17.
A smash on Broadway, FELA! tells the true story of Fela Kuti, the legendary Nigerian musician, whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms and spot-on lyrics to oppose corruption advance democracy in his home country.
This run will feature Michelle Williams , the Grammy winner and former Destiny’s Child member, will play Sandra Isadore. Sandra is the love interest to Fela Kuti.
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The show is filled with Fela’s music and song. Tony Award Winner Bill T. Jones is the director and choreographer. The production is produced by Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Will & Jada Pinkett-Smith. Critically acclaimed, the show won three 2010 Tony Awards.
Fela used his music to advance human rights, and live life to its fullest. He was inspired by his mother, a feminist, anti-colonialist and civil rights champion.
FELA! is the largest program ever be mounted in the 84-year history of The Music Hall, said Vince Paul, president of the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts. The production is estimated to represent an investment of more than $1.6 million.
The Detroit production of the original Broadway show is made possible through community support from: Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and new gifts from the General Motors Foundation, Ford Motor Co. Fund, McDonalds Corp. and DTE Energy Foundation.
The musical “discusses very topical issues that are happening in our community such as government corruption, education analysis … social injustices … issues that resonate here in Detroit,” Paul told Crain’s Detroit Business in 2012.