Tonight I saw FELA! and let me say this one thing: Now THAT was a show!! Incredible!! And if that is anything like what Nigeria is like, well, that’s where I need to be!!
I don’t normally get to experience African culture like this, so in that regard, I’d say it was particularly fascinating for me to see the influence of African music and dance in aspects of other cultures within the black diaspora.
The choreography was just inconceivably exciting. It was very, very clear why FELA! won the Tony for Best Choreography. I would describe it all as like this kind of coherent chaos. The dancing was nonstop — there was just a constant flow of energy and I never had a chance to exhale — which I liked :) And the set is fly, too.
And you know what else? It was FUNNY! The actor who played Fela (Sahr Ngaujah) did a great job including the audience in on his jokes.
I read on Wikipedia last night that there were plans for a Fela movie that would star Chiwetel. That would perhaps be the most interesting role I’ve seen Chiwetel in to date, though I’d say I found his character in “Four Brothers” rather intriguing.
And the entire show, I couldn’t help but to think about how Jay-Z reacted to every moment!
Lastly, someone told me that my dear Ms. Patti LaBelle once played Fela’s mom. That’s why you have to see Broadway shows more than once because whenever there’s a new cast, it’s like the songs and the script are the same, but the chemistry is totally different and totally special.
FELA! is only back until August 4th, so try to get in there while you can!! I implore you to do so!!