Posted by: Nancy
April 22, 2013
FELA!, the joyous dance, theater, music spectacle comes to ASU Gammage April 23-24. Directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones, who received the Tony Award for Choreography, FELA! explores the extravagant world of Afrobeat legend, Fela Kuti. The musical delves into the complex life of multi-instrumentalist musician/composer, pioneer of Afrobeat music and human rights activist Fela Kuti. His music often reflected his strong opposition to dictatorships and specifically targeted the militaristic governments of Nigeria.
This show is definitely not your grandmother’s musical. Fela’s penchant for extravagant showmanship is evident in music and choreography unlike anything else on Broadway. FELA!, with its inspiring and exhilarating song and dance, is definitely entertaining. However, the show features some raw language, mild sexual content, drugs and violence which may be inappropriate for young viewers. It’s perfect for mature tweens and teens, particularly those with an interest in music or dance.
For years I’ve heard nothing but rave revues about this show and its incredible music and dancing. And, I’m absolutely fascinated by Fela Kuti’s story. So, I’m really looking forward to seeing FELA! I also find it amazing that Bill T. Jones himself was actually here in Tempe and the Valley completing a three year guest residency at ASU!
On April 25, one of my favorite authors David Sedaris will return to ASU Gammage to read some of his latest works and to answer questions from the audience followed by a signing of his newest book Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls (scheduled for release late this spring). I can’t wait to read this one! I’ve read several of his collections of essays, which are reflections on the human condition and are often drawn from his own life experiences. They are wonderful reads that are irreverently funny and always make me laugh out loud. I’m talking really hard, loud laughing; the kind that make you cry and have trouble breathing, which can be embarrassing when reading in public places.
For more information on both events and to purchase tickets, view ASUgammage.com.
For the rest of the Tempe arts, culture and entertainment story check out this list of other great events taking place this week. View a complete list of Tempe events, or call the Tempe Tourism Office at 1-866-914-1052 for more information.
- April 22: Green Day at the TCA, Tempe Center for the Arts
- April 22: A Day to Remember; April 23: The Gaslight Anthem, Marquee Theater
- April 23: Nicole Pesce & Jerry Donato, Mad Hatter Brew Pub
- April 23: Herberger String Quartet, Tempe Center for the Arts
- April 23-24: FELA!, ASU Gammage
- April 23-24: The Eighth Annual ASU Student Film Festival, Harkins Valley Art Theater
- April 24: Tempe Poetry in April: Myrlin Hepworth; Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night, Tempe Center for the Arts
- April 24: David Bernstein; April 25; Colin Barley, Studio Vino
- April 24: Crystal Castles; April 25: Blackberry Smoke, Marquee Theater
- April 24: Open Jam; April 25: Jeff Sullivan, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- April 25: Music on Mill, Mill Avenue District
- April 25: Outliars Comedy Club, Robby Fox’s Public House
- April 25: David Sedaris, ASU Gammage
- April 25: Tim White; April 26: Bird City and Friends, World of Beer
- April 25-28: Mitch Fatel, Tempe Improv
- April 26: Music Under the Stars, Tempe Center for the Arts
- April 26: 25th Anniversary of Danzig, Marquee Theater
- April 26: Mojo Farmers, Tempe Marketplace District Stage
- April 26: Just Jade; April 27: Michael V., Tempe Marketplace Barnes & Noble Fountain
- April 26: Keltic Cowboys; April 27: Jeff Hunt Band, Rula Bula Irish Pub
- April 26-May 26: Childsplay Presents: A Wrinkle in Time, Tempe Center for the Arts
- April 27: Music Unites! A Benefit to Feed the Hungry, Tempe Marketplace District Stage
- April 27: Route to Persepolis, Tempe Center for the Arts
- April 27: Stu Siefert Combo, Robbie Fox’s Public House
- April 27: Paul Ludenai; April 28: Bill Dutcher, Top of the Rock
- April 28: Miss Gay Western States America 2013, Tempe Center for the Arts
- April 28: Alkaline Trio, Marquee Theater