By Matthew Blank
03 Jan 2011
After an acclaimed run Off-Broadway in 2008, Fela! began previews on Broadway Oct. 19, 2009. On closing night, the musical based on the life and music of groundbreaking African composer Fela Anikulapo Kuti starred Kevin Mambo in the title role with Grammy winner Patti LaBelle.
Here is a look at the final curtain call and party:
In Fela!, according to production notes, "audiences are welcomed into 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), [the musical] explores Kuti's controversial life as artist, political activist and revolutionary musician."
On Nov. 16, 2010, Fela! opened at the Royal National Theatre in London, starring Sahr Ngaujah, who originated the title role on Broadway. An international tour of Fela! is currently being booked by Margaret Selby of CAMI Spectrum and Gary McAvay of CAMI Theatricals; dates will be announced shortly.