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Lights Out: Nat "King" Cole

February 5 - March 24, 2019
Gil Cates Theater
West Coast Premiere Musical
Written by Colman Domingo & Patricia McGregor
Directed by Patricia McGregor
Music Supervision by John McDaniel
Choreography by Edgar Godineaux
Tap and Additional Choreography by Jared Grimes
Featuring Gisela Adisa, Connor Amacio Matthews, Bryan Dobson, Mary-Pat Green, Dulé Hill, Ruby Lewis, Zonya Love, Brandon Ruiter & Daniel J. Watts

In this electrifying exploration into the soul of an American icon, Tony and Olivier Award nominee Colman Domingo and Patricia McGregor imagine Nat “King” Cole as he faces the final Christmastime broadcast of his groundbreaking variety show and weighs the advice of his friend Sammy Davis Jr. to “go out with a bang.” Cole’s hit songs, such as “Nature Boy,” “It’s a Good Day” and “Smile,” underscore this boldly original homage to the renowned performer who struggled to break through America’s color barrier in the early days of television. A feast for the eyes, ears and soul, the musical incorporates lively choreography by Broadway veteran Edgar Godineaux and dazzling tap dance steeped in politics and pizzazz created by renowned hoofer Jared Grimes.

Reprising their roles from a sold-out run at People’s Light & Theater in Philadelphia, Emmy Award nominee Dulé Hill (West Wing; Psych; Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk) as Nat “King” Cole and Hamilton star Daniel J. Watts as Sammy Davis Jr. bring life to a play the Philadelphia Inquirer called “profound, ambitious, wide-ranging and dreamlike.” Like Cole himself, Lights Out promises to be “Unforgettable.”
This production contains adult language, theatrical haze and the smoking of herbal cigarettes.

90 minutes, no intermission.


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Cast Info


Written by
Colman Domingo & Patricia McGregor
Directed by
Patricia McGregor
Music Supervision, Arrangements & Orchestrations by
John McDaniel
Set Design by
Clint Ramos & Ryan Howell
Costume Designer
Katherine O’Neill
Lighting Designer
Alan C. Edwards
Sound Designer
Alex Hawthorn
Music Director/Conductor
David Witham
Edgar Godineaux
Tap and Additional Choreography by
Jared Grimes
Associate Director
Dennis Whitehead Darling
Production Stage Manager
Ross Jackson
Assistant Stage Manager
Lindsay Lowy
Casting Director
Phyllis Schuringa, CSA
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