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! on Wednesday, Jan 13th, 2010