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Project D.A.T.E.

Direct Access Theatre Experience
May 4, 2013
On Sale: Feb. 3, 2013

Performance Length

18mins intermission

Be Aware

This show contains Fog, Haze, Strobe Lighting/Effects, and Smoking of Herbal Cigarettes.

Recommended for children age 16+
Adult language, sexuality, drug use, war

Children 6 and under who may cry or fidget are never admitted.


CTG Show Guide for Parents

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Yeah! Yeah! Back by Popular Demand!

"A breath-taking roller coaster ride.”
- Back Stage

First, you’ll feel it in your feet.
Then you’ll feel it in your soul .
That’s the undeniable power of FELA!

FELA! is both rave and theatrical wonder. Thanks to Fela’s captivating music and the visionary direction and choreography of Tony Award® winner Bill T. Jones, this tale of courage, passion and love will shake you: body and soul.

Destiny’s Child Singer Michelle Williams will star in Fela!

Michelle Williams - Fela!Grammy Award-winner Michelle Williams, best known as part of the chart-topping pop group Destiny’s Child, will play the role of Sandra in Fela!. Ms. Williams made her Broadway debut in 2003 playing the title role in Aida. In addition, she toured with The Color Purple playing Shug Avery and was the first African American actress to play Roxie Hart inChicago on London’s West End.

“There should be dancing in the streets.”

The New York Times

Legendary Nigerian Fela Kuti was a musical dynamo and a political powder keg who used his supercharged and sexy Afrobeat sound and charismatic spirit to ignite and inspire a generation to dare challenge a government of oppression.

"Unbridled joy… A poignant human rights statement."

"Be prepared to get out of your seat and shake your derriere."
Los Angeles Times

"More than a musical. An ecstatic phenomenon!"

Time Out, New York

KCRW Rhythm Planet
“KCRW has a long relationship with the Nigerian firebrand known as Fela Anikulapo (one who carries death in his/her pouch) Kuti…”

Presented by Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith


  • Book by
    Jim Lewis and Bill T. Jones

  • Music and Lyrics by
    Fela Anikulapo-Kuti

  • Additional Lyrics by
    Jim Lewis
  • Additional Music by
    Aaron Johnson and Jordan McLean
  • Based on the life of
    Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
  • Conceived by
    Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis and Stephen Hendel
  • Directed and Choreographed by
    Bill T. Jones.



4/16/2013 Fela! Opens at the Ahmanson Theatre April 26 doc
4/15/2013 Fela! Program pdf
4/5/2013 "Fela!" Calendar Revised "Fela!" Calendar Revised
1/16/2013 R&B Superstar Michelle Williams Joins the Cast of 'Fela!'