Kathryn Eastburn did this interview with Springs native Jim Lewis last summer when he was nominated for a Tony for the book for the hit Broadway musical “Fela!”. You can now see the production live in HD Feb. 1 (tonight), 2, 8 and 9 at Theatreworks as part of the National Theater Live broadcast. Click HERE for complete details. (Full disclosure: Theatreworks underwrites with KRCC.)

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. 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!.

 

2 Responses to See Broadway Hit "Fela!" Written by COS Native

  1. Joyce Cheney says:

    Thanks for enabling us to “converse” with Jim Lewis and Fela Kuti.

  2. kay johnson says:

    There are some really interesting people from The Springs. This is amazing and the town should crow about these folks.

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