It has been a long time since I’ve written about Fela! but since the show opened off broadway at the 37 Arts theatre it has been extended once and received a very positive review (but not quite a rave) from Ben Brantley of the New York Times.
As played by the Brooklyn band Antibalas, standing in for the army of musicians that accompanied Mr. Kuti on his world tours, this is music that gets into your bloodstream, setting off vibrations you’ll live with for days to come. And the choreographer and director Bill T. Jones has come up with startling visual equivalents for the primal and sophisticated fusion of cultural elements that is Afrobeat, the music of Fela. [NYTimes.com]
The show ends on Sunday, October 5 and though no news of a Broadway transfer has been announced, you never know what could happen. Buy tickets for the final four performances of Fela! here.
Because they don’t like to take a lot of time off apparently, Antibalas is playing the Spiegeltent on Sunday October 5, the same day that Fela! has its last matinee performance.