The award-winning Broadway musical devoted to the life of “Africa’s first rock-star” Fela Anikulapo Kuti, FELA! is coming to Philly. The Philadelphia run–March 20th through the 25th at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts–represents an odd kind of homecoming for the Afrobeat musical, since it was producers (and Philly natives) Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson and Will “Fresh Prince” Smith who in many ways made its original Broadway run possible.
In case you don’t know what I am talking about, here’s what they said about the musical: “An Ecstatic Phenomenon!” which “Radiates Joy!” And here’s what they said about the man: “He was Afrobeat, he lived Afrobeat and he definitely smoked Afrobeat.” Find full details after the jump and smoke it for yourself.
UPDATE: As a nod to our Okayplayer familia and head honcho Questlove, the people at FELA!‘s Philadelphia team are giving audiences a $20 discount if you use promo code “QUEST” when buying tickets online. Grab yours now!
FELA!‘s Philadelphia production
In association with The Shubert Organization
Academy of Music
260 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA
Box Office: 215.893.1999
Tuesday, March 20 – Sunday, March 25
Dates & Times:
Tuesday, March 20 7:30pm
Wednesday, March 21 7:30pm
Thursday, March 22 7:30pm
Friday, March 23 8pm
Saturday, March 24 2pm
Saturday, March 24 8pm
Sunday, March 25 1pm
Sunday, March 25 6:30pm
Purchase tickets via The Kimmel Center