Based on the life of Afro Beat musician Fela Kuti, the Broadway musical Fela! has taken theater culture by storm for the last six months. At last night’s Tony Awards, Rap stars Jay-Z and Will Smith were on hand with respective celebrity companions Beyonce and Jada Pinkett-Smith to support the work which the couples co-produced.
Fela! was nominated for 11 Tony’s, including “Best Musical” and “Best Leading Actor In A Musical.” The Tony Awards were handed to Fela! for “Best Costume Design,” “Best Sound Design” and “Best Choreography.”
The work was directed by Bill T. Jones and appeared at the Eugene O’Neil Theater.
Read HipHopDX’s review of Fela! here.