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Just like the titular Fela Kuti, father of Afrobeat and fierce opponent of military rule in 1970s Nigeria, this three-time Tony-winning musical is bound to rouse audiences. That exclamation point means “Get up and dance.”
3/27–4/8 The Nigerian composer/performer/activist Fela Kuti provoked his country’s military dictatorship, getting his mother killed. He sent her coffin to the head of the armed forces and continued writing protest music. The Tony-winning Fela! celebrates a complicated man who raised the consciousness of a nation. $20–$90. Oriental Theatre, Ford Center for the Performing Arts, 24 W Randolph. broadwayinchicago.com.
Photograph: Tristram Kenton