Colorado Springs native Jim Lewis attended Cheyenne Mountain High School then went on to Colorado College to study history and philosophy. After graduating CC in 1979, Lewis eventually pursued a career in theater, first as a dramaturg, then as a prolific writer and collaborator in musical theater in New York City. His work as a playwright has received wide acclaim, including a Tony Award nomination in 1996 for his book of the musical “Chronicle of a Death Foretold,” and another Tony Award nomination this year for the musical “Fela!”, Lewis’ collaboration with legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones. He also received two Drama Desk nominations for “Best Book” for both FELA! and This Beautiful City (w/ The Civilians). “Fela!” tells the story of Nigerian composer/musician/activist Fela Kuti whose musical style and political outspokenness brought him great fame and great suffering, The Tony’s will be awarded this Sunday, June 13. Kathryn Eastburn interviewed Jim Lewis by phone for The Big Something.

Here’s a video from the felaonbrodway.com (where you can also listen to the whole soundtrack) of Jim Lewis talking about Fela!.

 

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