Many of the New York City screenings will feature talkbacks with members of the Broadway cast of Fela!
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 London's National Nov. 6, 2010. The London 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)
Those taking part in talkbacks follow: Jan. 13 at 7 PM at BAM Rose Cinema: Elasea Douglas, Corey Baker, Iris Wilson, Hettie Barnhill and Dylan Fusillo (of Antibalas); Jan. 13 at 7 PM at City Cinema 123: Gelan Lambert, Steve Hendel (producer) and Jordan Mclean (of Antibalas); Jan. 27 at 7 PM at NYU's Skirball Center: Rujecko Dumbutshena and Adesola Osakalumi. A talkback will also follow the Jan. 13 broadcast at Mann's Chinese Theater in California and will feature Abena Koosam and Sandra Izadore (who dated Fela and was a character in the show).
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.