The last time to see Broadway's Tony Award Winning Stage Production of Fela in Atlanta is tonight at the Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St NE.. The show is surprisingly good even with a fairly unrecognizable cast, unimpressive set design and an unremarkable performance by Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child fame.
Curtain time is 8 p.m. for the musical produced by Shawn "Jay Z Carter" and Will and Jada Smith and directed and choreographed by the great Tony Award winning Bill T. Jones.
The true story of Fela Kutia a 1960s and 70s courageous political Nigerian activitist and musician who died in 1997 as translated through a series of high energy song, dance, horns electric guitar and drums. His mother was a civil rights activits and he stood up to an oppressive military government taking up the cause for freedom and human rights for all.
The show is a big dance party at the Shrine in Lagos where the lead actor played by Atlanta native Duan Richmond who trained under Atlanta's Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble founder and who is sometime difficult to understand using an African dialect.
But some of the most memorable moments are the interactions with the audience, pulsating music, colorful wardrobe and the outstanding dancing by the cast that is non stop and is Bill T Jones at his best. Michelle Williams is good but doesn't really stand out.
Tickets can be purchased on line at foxatltix.com or call 855-285-8499 and at the Fox Box Office.