Biographical musicals tend to sugarcoat the details of their subject's real lives, such as Annie Oakley's tone deafness and Simba's tendency to eat meerkats. Sing along to historical accuracy with this GrouponLive deal to see Fela! at Music Hall Center. For $59, you get two tickets for reserved main-floor seating in rows D–Y (up to a $123.50 value, including all fees). Doors open one hour before curtain. Choose from the following shows:
- Tuesday, February 12, at 8 p.m.
- Wednesday, February 13, at 8 p.m.
- Thursday, February 14, at 8 p.m.
- Friday, February 15, at 8 p.m.
- Saturday, February 16, at 2 p.m.
- Saturday, February 16, at 8 p.m.
- Sunday, February 17, at 2 p.m.
- Sunday, February 17, at 8 p.m.
Nominated for 11 2010 Tony Awards and winner of three, the inspirational musical Fela! thrills the senses with stunning choreography, elaborate sets, and soulful sounds as it celebrates legendary Nigerian musician and activist Fela Anikulapo Kuti. In telling the legend's astounding life story, Fela! explodes with rousing dances set to original Kuti songs performed by the touring Broadway cast and former Destiny's Child superstar Michelle Williams. Williams, who recently joined the production, has plenty of previous experience on the stage – along with her time in Destiny’s Child, she has been a cast member in Broadway’s Aida and A Color Purple. In 2009, she made history by being the first African American woman to play Roxie Hart in the London West End production of Chicago.
Michelle Williams, along with her esteemed cast, interpret Kuti’s musical journey. Kuti sowed the seeds of Afrobeat music, which finally gave the world something to dance to besides Morse code. The sonic movement intertwined political themes, native harmonies, and energetic instrumentation such as bombastic horns and galloping congas to fight for civil rights and squash government oppression in a nonlethal fashion. Bowling over critics and presented by showbiz moguls Jay-Z, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith, the powerhouse spectacle packs an indomitable spirit of courage, passion, and love, leaving audiences spellbound and gratefully afflicted with restless body syndrome.
Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts
Built in 1928, Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts dazzles patrons with an ornate art-deco façade and lush Spanish Renaissance interior. Elegant columns, glittering chandeliers, and vibrant geometric patterns create a palatial atmosphere in the lobby. The auditorium's intimately arranged velvet seats leave every viewer within 70 feet of the stage, eliminating the need for binoculars or drawn-out games of telephone describing the onstage action.