Fela!

Eugene O'Neill Theatre
230 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019
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fela

saw it 3 more times before the closing thats a total of 5 times. I said it all in my previous rating. Its the BEST ! I hope it comes back.

Fela

The dancers were incredible - Fela was the presentation was unique. Fela, Multi Talented, Patti Labelle, as always Excellent!

good show

i didnt think it was the best show ever but i liked it. the music makes you want to dance!

Patti@Fela

This Is My 9th Time Seeing Fela,This Time Watching Patti Labelle. She Is A Classic A True Legend,However I Dont Think She Was Best For The Show. No Doubt She Can Sing,But@Times It Sounds As If She Is Just Screaming.I Rather See Lillian White.Get The Cast Recording To Hear Mrs.White Singing Or Catch A Show That She Is In Because Patti Dont Sing In Every Show.This A Fantastic Show,A Must See.Please Hurry Only A Few Months Left,Go Now And See Fela YEAH,YEAH,YEAH

Just See It!

Cant say enough about how wonderful this play is. The dance, the music, the visuals and the story are phenomenal!

Must See

Came to NY just to see this play and was still blown away by the wonderful dancing, the story which I did not know of and the presentation itself. Wonderful to see traditional African dance presented is this way. The spiritual scenes made me weep with joy! Such an unexpected treat. Reading the book, then heading back Came to NY just to see this play and was still blown away by the wonderful dancing, the story which I did not know of and the presentation itself. Wonderful to see traditional African dance presented is this way. The spiritual scenes made me weep with joy! Such an unexpected treat. Reading the book, then heading back with some friends to see it again this month. Thanks to the reviewer who said you can use your student ID for reduced price tickets!

Sharon

Came to NY just to see this play and was still blown away by the wonderful dancing, the story which I did not know of and the presentation itself. Wonderful to see traditional African dance presented is this way. The spiritual scenes made me weep with joy! Such an unexpected treat. Reading the book, then heading back to see it again bringing some friends this month.

FABU FELA

Sahr Ngaujah and the dancers were amazing. It is the best show that I have seen on Broadway! I could go back again and again!! You have to see it before the January 2nd closing. I have never seen anything like this on Broadway. The Tonys were not ready for FELA because they should have gotten more awards and Sahr should have WON!

Say Yeah Yeah

Im Sorry But Its Me Again. I just Cme Back From The Tony Awards After Party,And It Was Amazing. Quest Love From The Roots Was The D.j. Free Drinks ALL NIGHT. Drinking And Dancing With The Cast. Moving Ceiling At the 3 floor jam Pack Celebration.Even Though FELA Got Robbed From Its Tony Award We Had A Blast.Nominated 11 times Only Getting 3 Award. Memphis Toke it All home,However ive Seen The show 8times Spike Lee Seen It 5 times. Its Like Seeing It For the First Time All Over Again. This 2 and A half show Is always Packed With People,Kids,Music And Dancing All Over The Place. Its Carnival Inside The Theather.My Friends Have Seen It At Least Twice The Crowd Says its Coming Back. I met A Lady Thta Saw IT 4 times.For All You Students,Pull Out Your Student I.D. Pay $27.00 Two Hours Before The Show Starts,this Will Be The Best $27.00 you Have Spent I Guarntee It.Go See Fela And Understand What All The Commotion Is All About At The Shrine. YEAH YEAH

I can't stop moving!

FELA! Was the one of the best show I have ever seen on Bdway. It kept me moving in my seat all night, my body would not stop trembling. FABO!

FELA! is Absolutely Breathtaking!!

10 Stars!! This play was exciting, energizing, and a complete joy to watch. The music is excellent, the dancing was absolutely wonderful. I am going to see it again and again -- and Ive already seen it twice! Loved everything about it.

I CAN'T WAIT...

I came from DC to New York in October of 2008 to see the last show when it was off broadway and it was AMAZING!! Im going Memorial Day weekend and I cant wait to see it again. Im sure the energy, excitement and overall experience of the broadway production will blow me away!! Bill T. Jones...Youre brilliant!!

3 WORDS.... AH MA ZING!!!!!

Amazing. I saw it off broadway. Seen it 3 times and will b seeing it on Sunday again....

Fela is a "Felop!"

Fela is simply "Felawful!" This pseudo biographical/politcal play with "music" fails to impress, elucidate, or move an educated audience on all fronts. Musically, it is overly simplistic, minimilistic, and repetitive. It is devoid of nuance, wit, and charm. There is nothing "new" about so called afro-beat, and one can hear musicians in the subway banging on garbage cans who do a far more credible job. Moreover, dont expect to be singing a tune on the way out of the Eugene ONeil, who is rollng over in his grave, Theater. There isnt anything remotely melodic, harmonic, or musical to be found in the so called score. The show is likewise devoid of dancing. Not shake your ass around in a kind of afro Hokey Pokey, which is indeed imposed upon the audience in Act I, but real dancing performed by trained dancers. The lack of artistry is a result of a lack of choreography. Uncontrolled and random gesticulations are not dance. Rather it is something ferrel animals do in the wild, or at The Bronx Zoo, which happily provides far more entertainment for the price. Also, dont look for a meaningful plot, because there isnt any. Fela is more of a concert loosely tied together with haphazard and hollow vignettes, where gimmicks supplant story. Because there is no book, there is no integration between music and libretto. In addition, the show glosses over important factual information, and does not engage the audience with Felas death resulting from AIDS. Instead, the show merely attempts to leave an "impression," which indicates the creators did not want to do their homework regarding content. The residue is utterly meaningless, and disgracefully the essence of this fascinating performer and political activist is negated. As a result, the audience is denied any sense of authenticity, and subsequently any sense of authentic emotion. Indeed, the only thing I felt was an uncontrolled desire to leave, which many people justifiably did both before and during the intermission at the performance I attended. Actually, I felt ripped off as well. Perhaps the worst offense is the fact that Fela is overly loud. You can not understand anything anyone is saying because all you hear is boom, boom, boom, like a rude driver who turns his stereo to the max. Cognizant of this fact, the producers have opted to flash the unintelligible lyrics on a screen, but if you are sitting on side right of left of the stage, the screen is not fully visible. Because the show was amplified to the point of ad nauseum, I immediately went to RIte Aid after the show for Tylenol, ostensibly raising my already over priced ticket by another $3.99. To bad I didnt stop there first for ear plugs. In all, Fela is a mess. It is an attack on all theatrical sensibilities, yet masquerades itself as a bona fide Broadway show. It is uncreative, unoriginal, and unsophisticated. Be warned, it is strictly for the uneducated masses and pseudo intellectuals. It is devoid of book, music, dance, and has no sense of theatrical artistry. It lacks genuine creative talent, and the untrained performers have little to work with which only augments their inabilities. Moreover, Fela defiles the honored and revered traditions of the Great White Way. Just because something is different, does not mean it is good, Fela fails because it does not live up to Broadways reputable caliber. As a result, Fela is nothing more than an overblown overhyped "Felop!"

Fela is "Felawful"

Fela is simply "Felawful!" This pseudo biographical/politcal play with "music" fails to impress, elucidate, or move an educated audience on all fronts. Musically, it is overly simplistic, minimilistic, and repetitive. It is devoid of nuance, wit, and charm. There is nothing "new" about so called afro-beat, and one can hear musicians in the subway banging on garbage cans who do a far more credible job. Moreover, dont expect to be singing a tune on the way out of the Eugene ONeil, who is rollng over in his grave, Theater. There isnt anything remotely melodic, harmonic, or musical to be found in the so called score. The show is likewise devoid of dancing. Not shake your ass around in a kind of afro Hokey Pokey, which is indeed imposed upon the audience in Act I, but real dancing performed by trained dancers. The lack of artistry regarding is a result of a lack of choreography. Uncontrolled and random gesticulations are not dance. Rather it is something ferrel animals do in the wild, or at The Bronx Zoo, which provides far more entertainment for the price. Also, dont look for a meaningful plot, because there isnt any. Fela is more of a concert loosely tied together with haphazard and hollow vignettes. Because there is no book, there is no integration between music and libretto. In addition, the shows glosses over important factual information, and does not engage the audience with Felas death resulting from AIDS. Instead, the show merely attempts to leave an "impression," which indicates the creators did not want to do their homework regarding content. The residue is utterly meaningless, and sadly the essence of this fascinating performer and political activist is negated. As a result, the audience is denied any sense of authentic emotion. Indeed, the only thing I felt was an uncontrolled desire to leave, which many people did at the performance I attended. Perhaps the worst offense is the fact that Fela is overly loud. You can not understand anything anyone is saying because all you hear is boom, boom, boom, like a rude driver who turns his stereo to the max. Cognizant of this fact, the producers have opted to flash the unheard lyrics on a screen, but if you are sitting on side right of left of the stage, the screen is not fully visible. Because the music was so obnoxiously over amplified, I immediately went to RIte Aid after the show for Tylenol, ostensibly raising my already over priced ticket by another $3.99. In all, Fela is a mess. It is an attack on all theatrical sensibilities. It is uncreative, unoriginal, and unsophisticated. Be warned, it is strictly for the uneducated masses and pseudo intellectuals. It is devoid of book, music, dance, and has no sense of theatrical artistry. It lacks genuine creative talent, and the untrained performers have little to work with which only augments their inabilities. Moreover, Fela defiles the honored and revered traditions of the Great White Way. Just because something is different, does not mean it is good, and Fela fails to live up to Broadways reputable caliber. As a result, Fela is nothing more than an overblown hyped "Felop!"

I Go FELA! Crazy

This Is a Must See show.I went to see it 3 times already and plan to go again.I went with a group of 24 people and all 24 loved it. The music,the dancing from start to finish.2and a half hours long.A must see show over and over.Anyone likes to dance FELA! is your show.Like music FELA! is your show.Dont miss out see FELA! on broadway now.Right Now.

FELA! is Fabulous

If you dont see any othher shows, you must see FELA! The music, dances, costumes, and brilliant sets grab you the moment you enter the theater and keep you hypnotized throughout the production! Im planning to see this show a couple more times before the run ends!

Fela a MUST see!!

Awe the Music of Fela--Loved it. High energy, GREAT presentation of his life. The set was amazing. Great acting-Sehr Ngaujah as Fela was a true embodiment of the man himself. Made me want to go dancing afterwards to continue the high. A must see--will definately go see it again.

Fela! is FANTASTIC!

sexy, high energy, funny, and just plain fun! the dancers, singers, and live band were simply amazing, and it is such a creative way to tell the story of Nigerian activist/musician Fela Kuti. overall Fela! is a top-notch production. my only recommendation is that you go see it on a Friday or Saturday night. check it out and youll see why i say this... enjoy!

Fela! Tickets

It will be great to watch Fela!, i have bought tickets from http://ticketfront.com/event/Fela-tickets looking forward to it.

FELA BY NITA

BETTER THAN BETTER AND GREATER THAN GREAT!!! THE MUSIC,SPECIAL EFFECTS, DANCING, AND CHOREOGRAPHY WERE OUTSTANDING .SEEN IT TWICE. EACH TIME I RETURN , I BRING A DIFFRENT GROUP. I MUST SEE IT AT LEAST ONE MORE TIME . I HOPE IT GOES ON DVD AFTER THEY COMPLETE THEIR TOUR. THIS IS CLASSIC. I NEED THIS FOR MY LIBRARY. FOR THE GRANDS AND GREAT GRAND CHILDREN.

FELA BY NITA

BETTER THAN BETTER AND GREATER THAN GREAT!!! THE MUSIC,SPECIAL EFFECTS, DANCING, AND CHOREOGRAPHY WERE OUTSTANDING .SEEN IT TWICE. EACH TIME I RETURN , I BRING A DIFFRENT GROUP. I MUST SEE IT AT LEAST ONE MORE TIME . I HOPE IT GOES ON DVD AFTER THEY COMPLETE THEIR TOUR. THIS IS CLASSIC. I NEED THIS FOR MY LIBRARY. FOR THE GRANDS AND GREAT GRAND CHILDREN.

Fela

Totally original. The minute you walk in you are in the plays atmosphere and it is new and exciting. The music is strong and the performers are very exciting to watch and hear. The lead actor was fantastic. Really worth seeing.

Loved It !!

I went to see Fela in November 2009 with my sister......it was absolutely awesome...from the dancing to the costumes to the history lesson. I have been recommending it to all my friends & relatives ever since & they have not been dissapointed either.

Fantastic

Choreography, dancing and music alone were worth the ticket. The show gives a snapshot of Nigeria, and Fela. Dont expect a historical or political biography in full. Its an artist snapshot and its wonderfully executed with the newspaper clips, monologue and music. Fantastic show. As a side note, I personally would not take children under 12 years due to the dancing which could be considered provocative.

Disappointing

I was excited to see this because of the good buzz and because recent Broadway fare has been disappointingly tame. And Afrobeat is a great sound! But this show fell flat for me. In spite of its setting in a Nigerian nightclub and music based on a style you dont often hear in the mainstream theaters, this seemed like just another tepid b-way offering. I should have been deeply moved by the story of a Nigerian revolutionary who also kept people dancing all night long. Instead, the fact that major points in the mans political evolution were glossed over, the rather typical b-way choreography which managed to make even some exciting/amazing moves less interesting, and yes, the extremely limited plot combined to have me thinking about leaving at intermission. I thought about giving it 1 star, but the talented actors/dancers do deserve at least another star for their efforts. Id love to see more of this kind of music and dancing--just showcased in a better way!

Fela!!!!

A provocative, sensual and thoroughly infotaining production! Not your typical Broadway at all. A new voice and vision for theatre with a clarion call for lucid proactivity. Saw it 3 times! PS: Some of the sexiest music and bombastic soulful dancing Ive seen in theatre!

See FELA!

I had the privilege of seeing FELA when it was originally off-Broadway and I was really delighted that I stumbled across this gem of a production. So, when my theater group and I headed to see the show once it found its way to Broadway, I was just as delighted and still thoroughly loved it! Its hard not to be moved by the infectious music and rhythmic dancing in this show, but what I most loved was the originality and authenticity of the piece, especially since it does NOT conform to traditional Broadway formats. Fela Kuti was a rebel and so is this show. He tells his story through political songs performed in The Shrine, a nightclub he frequented in Africa, and invites the audience in to watch the show. The stage is a brilliant sea of vibrant colors; the walls of the theater are lined with African masks and the FELA dancers parade through the theater aisles in tribal costumes. Its not a perfect show, but on Broadway, where originality is often watered down to homogenized commercial conformity, FELA is a breath of fresh air! ?

Fela

Vivid in color and movement, song. Skimmed the surface of Felas life which I am sure was much more detailed.

Amazing Show

Ground+ Breaking

Beautiful!

The music and dancing are great. Its a very rich production.

Beautiful!

The music and dancing are great. Its a very rich production.

Fela was awesome when i saw it off bway!

Cant wait for the real thing...