"Fela!" Wins At Tony Awards, Jay-Z & Will Smith On Hand

Jay-Z, Beyonce, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith co-produced "Fela!," which took home three awards and 11 nominations.

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.

14 Comments

  • fuck u cj rocker

    cj rocker ima get cha boi why ya hattin stay chasin these wild dreams ya need to be in the booth working wit dem pots n pans ya sucka ass nigga i see ya jada pinkett and jay z.. thats a undacova affair boo ya

  • ibar

    Who is Eminem talking about on his new album? Go to www.myspace.com/ibaronline to find out!!! Listen to "!"

  • Rakim H

    On to the next one. Why hate on the brothers, just because he started as a rapper it doesnt mean he has to die a rapper. What about progress? Read a book, before you make a comment next time. Peace

  • DET.TRUTH

    CJROCKER before you come on here writing this foolishness, you should go look up fela kuti, then maybe you might understand why it was a big deal for Jay & Will to produce a broadway musical about the life of a controversial African man. Fela Kuti is one of the biggest african artist of all-time(singer, songwriter, musician, activist, MARTYR)......DONT JUST MAKE COMMENTS UNDERSTAND THE ARTICLE FIRST.....After reading this I hope you check Fela Kuti out, it may help you out some

  • wakeflow

    damn y'all some haters... congrats my black people. doing something different. very inspired by this.

  • cjrocker

    Who here has heard of this Fela before? Anybody? Didn't think so.

    • Spirit

      I haven't seen the musical but I have heard of him before and also have heard of his son who is carrying on his Father's musical legacy. Your comment is proof of Chris Rocks statement: "If you want to hide something from a Nigga, put it in a book, because Nigga's don't read". Ignorant...

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  • freshyboi

    will smith needs to remake the fresh prince of bel air, then i might care about him

  • handdddyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    fuck jay z old ass nigga his hip hop career is dead...

    • Spirit

      And lets suppose his HipHop career is dead, he has about 10 other streams of income that will stick to his family for generations. What's your financial situation like?

    • Really???

      Is there really a purpose to all of this fam? If you rap, or got something else going on, you should spend as much time doing that as you do writing on this web site...smh

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