NYT: Bill T. Jones' 'Fela!' coming to Dallas

Posted on 11 May 2010 at 11:00am

In January, I interviewed out choreographer Bill T. Jones prior to his company’s performance of “Serenade/The Proposition,” which took a look at the history of Abraham Lincoln through the eyes of dance. He couldn’t make the show because he had another work on Broadway. And just last week, that show, “Fela!,” scored big Tony Award nominations including one for best musical and another for Jones’ choreography. The show is part concert, part dance and part musical and tells the story of Nigerian musician and activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

Today, The New York Times mentions that the producers of “Fela!” have plans to take it on the road, and it looks like Dallas is on the itinerary.

The producers of “Fela!”, the story of the Nigerian activist and musician which opened last November at the Eugene O’Neill Theater, plan to take it abroad and to Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Tempe and Washington. Overseas, look for engagements in Amsterdam, Melbourne, Paris, Rotterdam, Sydney and Toronto. Those stops for “Fela!” are in addition to an already-announced special engagement at London’s National Theater this November.

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