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'Fela!' returns to Chicago; Arie Crown returns as tour venue

Chris Jones

1:23 PM CST, December 13, 2012

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"Fela!," the Broadway musical about the Nigerian Afrobeat icon Fela Kuti, is returning to Chicago for a week in February. Yet more surprisingly, the Arie Crown Theater, which has been on ice of late, once again has a Broadway-style show within the bowels of McCormick Place.

"Fela!," which will play Feb. 19-23, is not a Broadway in Chicago presentation. The production, staged by Bill T. Jones, was a big critical hit in London, New York and Chicago, although the cast and scale of the show this time around likely will be different (no details yet). 

The show's producers include Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.