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Lights Out: Nat King Cole

February 5 - March 10, 2019

We need to create new kinds of monuments made of tough, honest reflection. Lights Out does just that. It entertains and elevates - it's infused with dance, hit songs, and holiday standards - but also invites the audience to encounter these American legend

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Dule Hill Stars As Nat "King" Cole

Explore the life and times of an African American jazz legend in the West Coast premiere of Lights Out: Nat "King" Cole by Harlem-based director Patricia McGregor and Fear The Walking Dead actor Colman Domingo, presented by the Geffen Playhouse as part of their invigorated 2018/19 season. Whilst a biographical account of Cole's struggle with the racial inequality of a bygone era, the production echoes the current upheaval of post-Obama politics and race relations.

Featuring a score of American Songbook standards and a host of Nat King Cole's own smash hit classics including Nature Boy, Unforgettable and It's A Good Day, Lights Out fuses dance, music and holiday standards to tell the tale of Cole's variety TV show. In the face of failing ratings, his own American Dream dissipates when the show can't land a national sponsor, due to the color of his skin. As he comes to his final Christmas broadcast, Cole must make a decision between 'going out with a bang' (encouraged by his good friend Sammy Davis Jr.) and saying goodbye gracefully.

West Wing alumnus Dule Hill and Hamilton's Daniel J. Watts star as Cole and Davis Jr. respectively.

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Opening night: 5 February 2019

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