05-31-2012 | News
Houston, get ready! The Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) proudly presents one of the most critically acclaimed musicals to ever hit Broadway – FELA!, three-time Tony Award-Winner for Best Costumes, Choreography and Sound. Now can you see why we’re excited?
Produced by Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, FELA! is the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms (a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies) ignited a generation. Inspired by his mother, a civil rights champion, he defied a corrupt military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom. This triumphant tale of courage, passion and love features Fela Kuti’s captivating music and the visionary direction and choreography of SPA favorite Bill T. Jones.
The praise says it all!
“There should be dancing in the streets. There has never been anything on Broadway like this production.” – New York Times
“an ecstatic phenomenon” – Time Out New York
“one of the most original and exciting shows” – The New York Daily News
Catch one of seven performances at Jones Hall from June 5-10, 2012. Ticket prices range from $30-80 and may be purchased online at www.spahouston.org OR win a pair of tickets by being the first to tell us how many people attended Fela Kuti’s funeral. Here’s a hint. Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org.