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Cast Announced for Geffen Playhouse West Coast Premiere of Lights Out: Nat "King" Cole

December 19, 2018

Geffen Playhouse today announced the full cast for its production of Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole, written by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Colman Domingo (Summer: The Donna Summer MusicalIf Beale Street Could TalkFear the Walking Dead) and Patricia McGregor (PlaceA Midsummer Night’s DreamSkeleton Crew), directed by Patricia McGregor and featuring Emmy Award nominee Dulé Hill (Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da FunkThe West WingPsych) as Nat “King” Cole. This marks the West Coast premiere for the production, which made its world premiere in 2017 at People’s Light, one of Pennsylvania’s largest professional non-profit theaters. Under the auspices of the Geffen Playhouse, the production from People’s Light has been further workshopped, songs have been added and the play has continued to evolve.  
 
In addition to Hill, the cast features Gisela Adisa (BeautifulSister Act) as Eartha Kitt and others; Connor Amacio Matthews (In the Flow with Connor Amacio) as Billy Preston and others; Bryan Dobson (Jesus Christ SuperstarThe Rocky Horror Show) as Producer and others; Ruby Lewis (Marilyn! The New MusicalJersey Boys) as Betty Hutton, Peggy Lee and others; Zonya Love (Emma and MaxThe Color Purple) as Perlina and others; Marcia Rodd (Last of the Red Hot LoversShelter) as Candy and others; Brandon Ruiter (Sex with StrangersA Picture of Dorian Gray) as Stage Manager and others; and Daniel J. Watts (HamiltonIn the Heights) as Sammy Davis Jr.
 
Previews for Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole begin Tuesday, February 5 in the Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse, with opening night on Wednesday, February 13. The production has been extended for one week and will close on Sunday, March 17, which also marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nat “King” Cole.
 
In this electrifying exploration into the soul of an American icon, 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.
 
Lights Out: Nat "King” Cole was originally commissioned and produced by People's Light, Malvern, PA. Abigail Adams, Artistic Director/CEO; Ellen Anderson, General Manager/CFO; Zak Berkman, Producing Director. The original development and premiere of Lights Out: Nat "King" Cole was supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.

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