'Fela!' brings African beat back to Broadway

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The word genius is thrown around way too casually. Witness parents convinced their children should sign up for Mensa once they scribble with crayons.

Every so often, however, we are in the presence of true genius. In this case Bill T. Jones, who co-wrote, directed and choreographed "Fela!" the Tony winning show that opens Thursday, (July 12), for a limited run at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre. 

It isn't just me calling Jones a genius. The MacArthur Foundation bestowed a genius grant upon him for good reason. He's also a Kennedy Center Honoree and has two Tonys, one for choreographing "Fela!" and another for "Spring Awakening" two years earlier.

"Fela!" is a celebration of freedom, dance and music. It does what only live theater can do, which is force you to live in the moment, feel the joy and sadness that explodes on the stage and down the aisles of the theater,
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