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A Talk with FELA! at Bowie State University

May 8, 2012

(Bowie, Md.) - The only time you may be able to stay in your seat surrounding the musical FELA! The critically acclaimed Tony Award® winning production will host a talk-back session on May 17, 2012 from 1-3 p.m. at Bowie State University's Fine and Performing Arts Center's Recital Hall.

Members of the US tour of FELA! will discuss production highlights including dance, music, theater, video projection and design with Bowie State students.  The visiting group will consist of artists, musicians and crew members.

FELA!, the most critically acclaimed musical of the season, received three 2010 Tony Awards® for Best Choreography, Best Costume Design for a Musical and Best Sound Design of a Musical! FELA! tells the true story of the legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation. Motivated by his mother, a civil rights champion, he defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity. FELA! is a triumphant tale of courage, passion and love, featuring Fela Kuti's captivating music and the visionary direction and choreography of Tony Award® winner Bill T. Jones.

The talk-back session is being hosted by the Visual Communication and Digital Media Arts (VCDMA) of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts and the College of Arts and Sciences at Bowie State University. The session is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Professor Tewodross Melchishua, associate professor and program coordinator of VCDMA, at (301) 860-3731, at, or online. The US tour of FELA will be at Morgan State University May 15-20, 2012. For more information on FELA!, please visit their website


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