Broken Shackles Limited Lagos, an event production company has teamed up with the Lagos State Government to bring the three-time Tony Award hit musical FELA to Lagos, Nigeria tagged ‘Fela! In Lagos’. The Expo Centre, Eko Hotel and Suites venue for the shows happening from the 20th –25th April 2011 has been transformed to the original Shrine, popularly known as Fela’s nightclub and community centre.
The show produced by American rapper Jay-Z, and Hollywood actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith and choreographed by the renowned Bill T Jones was first seen at the Broadway Theatre New York in November 2009 and then at the London’s National Theatre in November of 2010. The shows have received outstanding reviews from The New York Times, BBC and other international media houses.
The Broadway cast including Actor Sahr Ngaujah as Fela and Lillias White as his mother, Funmilayo brought the show to life by exploring and mirroring Fela’s life in the two-and-a-half hours theatre performance of singing coupled with dance moves.
Lagos has responded positively to the much-anticipated shows as tickets are sold out- double thumbs up to the organisers! Sorry if you didn’t get one to buy, we however bring you the opening show in pictures, enjoy!