The show is described as a hybrid of dance, theatre and music, exploring the extravagant, decadent and rebellious world of Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Using his pioneering music (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies), Fela! reveals Kuti's controversial life as an artist and political activist.
Here is a look at the production:
Sahr Ngaujah Is Fela! at London's National Theatre
The cast also features Paulette Ivory and Melanie Marshall; and, in the ensemble, 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. Rolan Bell plays the title role at some performances.
The show received its world premiere Off-Broadway in September 2008, winning the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, before transferring to Broadway's Eugene O’Neill Theatre in November 2009. Fela! has a book by Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones, and music and lyrics by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, with additional lyrics by Jim Lewis and additional music by Aaron Johnson and Jordan McLean. It is based on the life of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and was conceived by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis and Stephen Hendel. The show is designed by Marina Draghici, with lighting design by Robert Wierzel, sound design by Robert Kaplowitz, projection design by Peter Nigrini and wig, hair and make-up design by Cookie Jordan.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7452 3000, or visit www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/felalondon.