Jay-Z, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith back ‘FELA!’

2009-11-17 12:23

IT’S official: After weeks of speculation, Jay-Z and Will and Jada

Pinkett Smith have joined the producing team of the Broadway musical


Jay-Z told the Associated Press last month that he might be getting

involved in the show, an Afrobeat musical about the life of the late Nigerian

musical legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. Now producers say Jay-Z and the Smiths are

in, though there’s no word on how much of a financial investment the three have

made in the show.

“Fela!” is now in previews at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre and opens

next Monday. It’s directed and choreographed by Bill T. Jones.

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