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 were 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] explored Kuti's controversial life as artist, political activist and revolutionary musician."