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Members of the original Broadway cast will perform in an exclusive concert version of the Tony Award-winning musical “Fela!” on April 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Lied Center for Performing Arts, 301 N. 12th St. Full of energy in constant motion, “Fela! The Concert” radiates joy and leaves audiences on their feet wanting more. The sensual, eclectic sounds and powerful lyrics of Fela Kuti, the founding father of Afrobeat, prove why he became one of the world’s most celebrated and rebellious music legends.

Tickets are on sale online, by phone at 402-472-4747 or at the Lied Center box office. Tickets are available to students at a 50 percent discount with a valid NCard.

Conceived by iconic choreographer Bill T. Jones, “Fela! The Concert” takes audience members into a mythical night at Pan-African activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti’s vibrant Lagos nightclub. Set against a soaring canvas of projected images, “Fela! The Concert” is driven by the electrifying rhythms from a live 10-piece Afrobeat band, with nine singers and dancers who bring to life Fela’s provocative spirit. 

“Fela! The Concert” is currently touring the United States and features members of the original Broadway cast from the highly acclaimed Tony Award-winning production “Fela!” including Sahr Ngaujah, who originated the role of Fela Anikulapo Kuti which earned him a Tony nomination for Best Actor.

“Fela!” was the most critically acclaimed musical of the 2010 season, receiving three Tony Awards: Best Choreography, Best Costume Design for a Musical and Best Sound Design of a Musical. “Fela!” tells the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation. Motivated by his mother, a civil rights champion, he defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity. “Fela!” is a triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, featuring Kuti’s captivating music and the visionary direction and choreography of Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones.

This performance may contain adult language, content and themes.