The musical depiction of Afrobeat musician and activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, which ended its Broadway run at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Jan. 2, 2011, began performances at the National Nov. 6, 2010. The screening will be broadcast to 352 venues in 20 countries, including 86 theatres in the United States and 85 in Canada.
Tony Award nominee Sahr Ngaujah reprises his performance as Fela for London audiences, with a cast featuring Paulette Ivory and Melanie Marshall, and an ensemble including Lydie Alberto, Cindy Belliot, Nandi Bhebhe, Ricardo Coke Thomas, Scarlette Douglas, Jacqui Dubois, Poundo Gomis, Jazmine Jarret Thorpe, Aisha Jawando, Wanjiru Kamuyu, Nyron Levy, Ira Mandela Siobhan, Shelley-Ann Maxwell, Tamara McKoy Patterson, Catia Moto da Cruz, Pamela Okoroafor, Jermaine Rowe and Craig Stein.
The production is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones.
Screenings in the New York area are set to include:
Brooklyn Academy of Music
NYU Skirball Center for the Arts (Screening is Jan. 27)
Cinema 123 (Upper East Side)
Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville
Fairfield University, CT; includes an encore Jan. 15
Time and Space, Hudson; includes an encore Jan. 21
Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC) (Screening is Jan. 17)
Kew Gardens Cinema, Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, Old Saybrook (CT)
Monmouth University (NJ) (Screening is Jan. 27) A vinyl box set of Fela Kuti's original albums will also be issued Feb. 1, with CD reissues available from Knitting Factory Records Jan. 18. The vinyl reissues were curated by ?uestlove of The Roots and include the albums "Everything Scatter" (1975), "Expensive S*it" (1975), "Teacher Don't Teach Me Nonsense" (1986), "Beasts Of No Nation" (1989), "Fear Not For Man" (1977), "Sorrow Tears And Blood" (1977).
For a complete list of screening locations, dates and times, visit ntlive.com. The average ticket price is $20, but ticket prices vary by venue. Contact local venues for ticket information.