Essential Event Info
W H A T :
the NT Live production of FELA!
Captured Live in London in high definition at The Royal National Theatre.
W H E N :
W H E R E :
1028 Scott Blvd., Covington KY 41011 859-491-2030
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How to get Tickets
859-491-2030, Tue-Fri 12-5p
877-548-3237, Mon-Fri 9a-7p
In person at these area locations
(click each location for a map):
Sitwell's Coffee House
513 281 7487
Lookout Joe Coffee Roasters
513 871 8626
Shake It Music & Video
513 591 0123
513 651 5483
Tickets will also be sold at the door, subject to availability.
About The National Theatre
The Royal National Theatre in London, usually called the National Theatre or "The National" for short, is one of the United Kingdom's two most prominent publicly funded theatre companies, alongside the Royal Shakespeare Company.
About NT Live
A principal element in the National Theatre's outreach effort, NT Live is a groundbreaking initiative to broadcast the best of British theatre to cinemas around the world. The first season of events, which began in June 2009 with the acclaimed production of Phédre starring Helen Mirren, was seen by over 200,000 people on 320 screens in 22 countries.
THE SETTING IS "THE AFRIKA SHRINE" – Fela Kuti's private club in Lagos Nigeria – a raucous after-hours music-and-dance hall, stylistically reproduced with bandstand, corrugated metal walls, graffiti and ropes of bare lightbulbs.
WE'RE ATTENDING ONE OF FELA'S infamous concerts and barely in our seats when the soul-shaking, immersive Afrobeat music pulls us to our feet, daring us to dance along with the undulating line of ladies rhythmically snaking their way onstage.
AS SAHR NGAUJAH (Obie Award winner for his performance as Fela Kuti) follows the dancers onstage and interacts with the house, we know something fantastic is at hand, and audience response is as one with the man who made Afrobeat famous.
AN EXCEPTIONAL, ONE-OF-A-KIND EVENING begins to unfold, with mesmerizing artistry of sound and movement; superb choreography by Bill T. Jones; a rainbow of colors that comprise the costumes and the set. We are part of a pulsating, visceral spectacle that resurrects the life and times of Nigerian musician, rebel and political activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Between musical numbers, Fela talks to the audience, sharing the highs and lows that shaped his persona, including his trip to America and exposure to the Civil Rights Movement that irrevocably altered his mission and life.
BASED ON THE TRUE STORY of a complex, flawed, artistically brilliant man and his music, this is the Broadway production that wowed New York (winning 3 Tonys), now at The Royal National Theatre in London, captured live in high definition and shared with select cinemas around the world. The exclusive CWC/Carnegie presentation is one of only a handful of locations within a 400-mile radius of Cincinnati.
Afrobeat is the musical style created by Fela Kuti, a complex fusion of Jazz, Funk, Ghanaian/Nigerian High-life, Yoruba music, rock, call-and-response and rhythms, and traditional West African chants.
Notable influences were colonial church and gospel music from Fela's childhood; Miles Davis and Frank Sinatra from his time in the UK; the music of James Brown; and the native African-style percussion Kuti learned from Hugh Masakela.
About Fela Kuti
Musician, composer, band leader, political activist, presidential candidate, human rights advocate and vociferous foe of governmental corruption and oppression, Fela Kuti was a unique and ineffable musical and sociopolitical voice of Africa. A champion of the poor and disenfranchised and proponent of Pan-Africanism, Fela was a living legend and inspiration to all in Africa. Upon his death at the age of 58, over one million people attended his funeral procession.
Welcome to the Carnegie
The Otto M. Budig Theatre in the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center transports the audience to the ornate elegance of the early 1900s. Restored in 2006, improvements include comfortable seating with additional leg room, large movie screen and updated sound system. While the theatre holds 465 patrons, the capacity for cinema is limited to 350 seats on the main floor and center balcony to insure the best sight lines and audience experience.
COME EARLY to socialize and enjoy your favorite spirits or non-alcoholic beverage (ala carte hors d'oeuvres before selected screenings), at the cash bar in the adjacent Gallery reception space. The Carnegie is located at 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington KY 41011 (corner of Scott and Robbins, between 10th and 11th Streets). FREE PARKING on-site and in nearby lots – Parking Map.
Local support for FELA! comes from...
The Acclaim Awards
The Acclaim Awards recognize outstanding work in Cincinnati theater and support a variety of initiatives for area theater artists and educators including local Guest Equity Artist contracts, Theatre Educator Awards, Rising Stars and the Theatre Forward showcase at the Aronoff Center.
The Acclaim Awards have celebrated excellence in professional, independent and university theatre in Greater Cincinnati theater since 2006. More than 30 Cincinnati-area theater experts – critics, producers, educators and practitioners – nominate and select award recipients.
The sixth Acclaim Awards will be held Monday, May 23, 2011 at the Aronoff Center's Jarson-Kaplan Theater. This season the Acclaims include the Cincinnati Theater Awards (CTAs) which invite the public to vote for favorite performers and productions by community theaters and university theater programs. Learn more: cinstages.com.
Global support for NT Live comes from...
Aviva is the official sponsor of National Theatre Live. The world's sixth-largest insurance group with 53 million customers in 28 countries, London-based Aviva puts the people it serves ahead of selling policies and its 46,000 employees are dedicated to providing their customers with excellent service and peace of mind.
In the U.S., Aviva is a supporter of Boost Up, along with the AD Council and the U.S. Army. Boost Up is a national program working to reduce the high school drop-out rate by supporting at-risk teens with mentoring, listening and help with homework along with myriad other ways to keep students engaged and in school.
The drop-out rate in Ohio and Kentucky is 25% and 28% respectively. Visit BoostUp.Org to learn more about how individuals and groups can get involved and make a difference. For insight into insurance, retirement, investments and health programs visit AvivaUSA.com.