Jay-z And Smith's Musical Moving To London
JAY-Z and WILL SMITH's Broadway musical FELA! is to move to London later this year (10).
The rapper and Smith, along with Smith's wife Jada, stepped in to save the New York show - about the life of revered African world music star Fela Kuti - in September (09), after rehearsals were halted due to financial concerns.
Fela! eventually opened on Broadway in November (09), with the trio sharing producing credits.
Now the show is set to transfer to the British capital's coveted National Theatre venue in November (10) for around 60 performances until January 2011. It is then hoped the musical will move to the West End stage.
And Fela!'s lead producer, Stephen Hendel, is hoping the famous investors will turn up to the opening night.
He tells Britain's Daily Mail, "I can't imagine that they will not come to the first night in London. I can't imagine that Jay -Z , and probably Beyonce, too, and Will and Jada will not come... In the theatre world it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience to have your production honoured on the National Theatre stage."