Tempe events this week – ASU Gammage: FELA! & David Sedaris

Author: Nancy

Posted on: April 22, 2013
Last updated on: May 21st, 2014 at 5:02 pm


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.


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