An extraordinary performance by Sahr Ngaujah, from the original Broadway cast, in Fela! at the National Theatre, a great story, and one told with enormous verve in Bill T Jones’s kaleidoscopic production. The dancing is ecstatic, the music lifts the spirits, and the stage is alive with movement.
“Who here has ever been to jail?” asks the eponymous hero of this frenetic musical. It is not a question often asked of National Theatre audiences, but it is indicative of a show that, whatever its flaws, joyfully breaks down conventional barriers between stage and auditorium, and joins passion and politics to the pounding music of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.