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Lights Out: Nat "King" Cole Cast

  • Gisela Adisa

    Gisela Adisa as Eartha Kitt and others

    Gisela Adisa makes her Geffen Playhouse debut. Broadway: Beautiful (Lucille). National Tour: Sister Act (Michelle, Deloris u/s). Some other credits include Trial, directed by Lori Petty at New York’s Beckmann TheatreOther New York theater credits include Caroline, or Change (The Moon) and Marie Christine (title role). Regional credits include the world premiere of Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole (People’s Light), for which she earned a Barrymore nomination for Outstanding Supporting Performance. Gisela recently appeared in Man of La Mancha at Westport Country Playhouse (Aldonza), earning a Broadway World nomination for Best Actress. Television/film credits include Younger, Royal Pains, Shield and Ride by Night. Gisela holds a B.A. in Drama with an African Studies minor from Fordham University. She is a proud member of the non-profit organizations Broadway Inspirational Voices and Vocal Ease. She thanks her brother Eric for his unbending support. More at www.iamgisela.com. Instagram: @imgisela


  • Connor Amacio Matthews

    Connor Amacio Matthews as Billy Preston and others

    Connor Amacio Matthews, aka Connor Amacio, is a twelve-year old actor, singer, dancer and horseman. He lives in California with his mother Renay Matthews-Delgado and his stepfather Ricardo Delgado. Early recognition by family as a precocious child, equipped with innate willingness to entertain, shaped his affable fit with acting, dancing, rapping and singing. This lead to the creation of In the Flow with Connor Amacio, his own YouTube show at the age of seven. After professional training, he achieved roles in short movies and commercials. A master at improv and a natural in front of the camera and on stage, Connor loves the arts. He is also a singer and songwriter. He released his anti-bullying song “Buzzin’ Bee” in 2018. In his spare time, he plays games with his dad, writes with his grandfather and trains in horseback riding in the English style at TES in Burbank. 


  • Bryan Dobson

    Bryan Dobson as Producer and others

    Bryan Dobson is delighted to make his debut at the Geffen. Most recently, he was seen as Santa in Elf for Musical Theatre West. European/National Tours: Jesus Christ Superstar (Herod), The Rocky Horror Show (Brad), Man of La Mancha (Tenorio). Regional shows include: Yankee Doodle Dandy (Old Lou), Footloose (Shaw), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Jacob/Potiphar), Carrie (Stephens), The Spitfire Grill (Caleb), Noises Off (Lloyd), My Fair Lady (Higgins), On Golden Pond (Bill), The Diviners (Ferris). Proud member of Actors Equity. Many thanks to Patricia, Colman, John and the entire Geffen team!


  • Dulé Hill

    Dulé Hill as Nat “King” Cole

    Dulé Hill can currently be seen in the eighth season of Suits (USA). Hill recently appeared in Ballers (HBO) and Doubt (CBS). He starred in the People’s Light production of Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole. Hill played Burton “Gus” Guster in Psych (USA) for eight seasons, was a producer and was nominated for four NAACP Image Awards for his role, which he revived in the film Psych: The Movie. Hill appeared in the Tony Award-nominated musical After Midnight (Brooks Atkinson Theatre) and co-starred in the play Stick Fly (Cort Theatre). Hill first came to prominence as The Kid in Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk (Public Theater/Ambassador Theatre). His stage credits also include Black and Blue (Minskoff Theatre), Shenandoah (Paper Mill Playhouse) and The Little Rascals (Goodspeed Opera House). He starred in Dutchman (Cherry Lane Theatre) by Amiri Baraka. He is best known as Charlie Young from The West Wing. For this, Hill garnered an Emmy Award nomination, four Image Award nominations and two SAG Awards.


  • Ruby Lewis

    Ruby Lewis as Betty Hutton, Peggy Lee and others

    Ruby Lewis has made headlines in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and across the country as a versatile singer, actress and dancer. She starred as Indigo in Cirque du Soleil’s premiere Broadway show Paramour, which led to features on NightlineBuild Series and two Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades. Most recently, Ruby played the title role in Marilyn! The New Musical at the Paris Theater in Las Vegas, backed by the Marilyn Monroe Estate. Prior to Marilyn, Ruby had become known for the role of Daisy in the critically-acclaimed production of BAZ as a member of the Los Angeles-based company "For the Record." National Tours: GypsyGrease, Jersey BoysWe Will Rock You. Television: Girl Meets World, Masters of Sex, Heart of Dixie, Desperate HousewivesEntertainment Tonight, among others. She performs her own one-woman show A Golden Hour across the country, soon in Los Angeles. Stay up to date: www.rubylewis.com Instagram: @rubylewla.


  • Zonya Love

    Zonya Love as Perlina and others

    Zonya Love is elated to make her debut at the Geffen Playhouse with Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole. She was recently seen in the Todd Solondz play Emma and Max at The Flea Theater in New York City. Some favorite credits include Broadway: The Color Purple (Celie). Off-Broadway: Avenue Q (Gary Coleman), first National Tour of Avenue Q, The Devil’s Music (Bessie Smith at Milwaukee Rep), Dreamgirls (Effie at Theatre Under the Stars), The Wiz (Evilene at Maltz Jupiter Theatre), The Parchman Hour (Lucretia Collins/Others at Guthrie Theater), Sister Act (Deloris Van Cartier at Broadway at Music Circus), Intimate Apparel (Mayme at Nevada Conservatory). Television: Blue Bloods, SmashThe David Letterman Show. Proud member of Broadway Inspirational Voices Romans 8! www.zonyalove.com @lovezonya on IG & Twitter.


  • Marcia Rodd

    Marcia Rodd as Candy and others

    Marcia made her Broadway debut in Oh What a Lovely War!, played Olivia in Your Own Thing and Bobbi Michelle in Neil Simon’s hit Last of the Red Hot Lovers and received a Tony nomination for her starring role in the musical Shelter. In Los Angeles, she played the title role in Driving Miss Daisy and starred in Agnes of GodThe Last of Mrs. LincolnOnce In a Lifetime (Mark Taper Forum), On Golden Pond (Ahmanson Theatre) and Fiddler on the Roof (Dorothy Chandler Pavilion). She guest-starred in countless television shows and had recurring roles in Trapper John M.D21 Jump StreetFamily Law and 13 Queens Blvd. Films include Little MurdersT.R. Baskin and Handle With Care. She portrayed Diana Vreeland in Full Gallop at the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, starred in Remember Me? in Kansas City and fulfilled a childhood dream of playing Anna in The King & I.


  • Brandon Ruiter

    Brandon Ruiter as Stage Manager and others

    Brandon Ruiter makes his Geffen Playhouse stage debut after having understudied the 2016 production of Sex with Strangers. He spent much of his professional career on stages in Chicago, where he is a company member with The House Theatre of Chicago. Los Angeles theater: Failure: A Love Story (Center Theatre Group, Coeurage Theatre); A Picture of Dorian Gray as understudy of Dorian (A Noise Within); Macbeth (The Vagrancy ensemble). Film/television: Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (Netflix), Into the Storm (WB), Crisis (NBC), Law and Order: The Menendez Murders (NBC). Education/training: B.A. in Theatre from Hope College, Holland MI.


  • Daniel J. Watts

    Daniel J. Watts as Sammy Davis Jr.

    Daniel is thrilled to make his Geffen Playhouse debut reprising the role of Sammy, for which he won a Barrymore Award. Broadway credits include: HamiltonIn the Heights and Memphis. Off-Broadway: Suzan-Lori Parks’ Death of the Last Black Man in the Entire World AKA the Negro Book of the Dead (Signature Theatre), Whorl Inside A Loop (Second Stage Theater). Television credits include: NBC’s Blindspot; HBO’s Boardwalk EmpireThe Deuce and The Night Of; CBS’ The Good WifeBlue BloodsBroad City (Comedy Central); and "Felony" in The Last OG (TBS). “Daniel J. Watts’ The Jam,” an homage to his great-grandmother who made homemade jam and gave away what she couldn’t eat herself, is a spoken word/storytelling experience where Watts encourages audiences to focus on social similarities opposed to differences. He is featured in the young adult anthology "How I Resist.” B.F.A. Graduate Elon University Music Theatre Program. Original work at www.wattswords.com. @dwattswords Instagram and Twitter.