By Jared Bowen
BOSTON — Don't wait another minute to get tickets to these performances. A new spin on Russian satire and a unique look at Nigeria's recent history offer audiences fun ways in to an otherwise serious topic.
Presented by the Boston Lyric Opera
At the Citi Shubert Theatre through April 29th
Loosely Based on Nikolai Gogol’s 19th century Russian satire, The Government Inspector, the opera is set in Mussolini-era Sicily, and tells the story of a domineering Mayor and his town who are thrown into upheaval due to a rumored visit from a government inspector, traveling from Rome in disguise. The Inspector is filled with Italian brio as reflected in the musical markings in Musto’s score: “tarantella,” “mysterioso,” “alla barcarolla” and “breezily.” The production premiered in The Barns at Wolf Trap in 2011; Boston Lyric Opera premieres its latest revisions by the composer and librettist in a new adaptation built specifically for the Shubert Theatre stage. The Inspector is the fourth collaboration of composer John Musto and librettist Mark Campbell.
Presented in Association with ArtsEmerson
At the Cutler Majestic Theatre through May 6th
Olivier and Tony Award-nominated actor Sahr Ngaujah leads the cast of FELA! He is joined by Melanie Marshall and Paulette Ivory, who co-starred with Ngaujah in the Olivier-nominated Royal National Theatre production. This touring production is a once in a lifetime experience, a triumphant tale of courage, passion and love. FELA! is the true story of Kuti, who created a type of music, Afrobeat, a bit of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmony, and combined it with incendiary lyrics that openly attacked the corrupt and oppressive military dictatorships that rule Nigeria and much of Africa. Featuring many of Fela Kuti’s most captivating songs, FELA! reveals Kuti's controversial life as an artist and political activist and celebrates his pioneering music.
Opens in theaters on Friday
The director and writer/star of Forgetting Sarah Marshall return for the irreverent comedy The Five-Year Engagement. Beginning where most romantic comedies end, the new film looks at what happens when an engaged couple, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt, keep getting tripped up on the long walk down the aisle. The film was written by Segel and the director, Nicholas Stoller.