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Philly: FELA! Opens at the Kimmel Center — Grab Discount Tickets!

Check out FELA!'s Philadelphia production at the Kimmel Center.


As seen at our Okayplayer main channel, FELA!'s Philadelphia production hits soon:

The award-winning Broadway musical devoted to the life of "Africa's first rock-star" Fela Anikulapo KutiFELA! 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

 

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