Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole, the new bio-play with music starring starring Dulé Hill (The West Wing; Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk) as Cole, is set to begin performances at the Geffen Playhouse February 5.
Written by Colman Domingo and Patricia McGregor, the play digs into Cole’s history, both as an artist and as a Civil Rights pioneer. In the video above, Hill speaks about Cole’s life and his part in U.S. Civil Rights history.
Lights Out also stars Daniel J. Watts (Hamilton, In the Heights) as Sammy Davis Jr.; Gisela Adisa (Beautiful, Sister Act) as Eartha Kitt and others; Connor Amacio Matthews (In the Flow with Connor Amacio) as Billy Preston and others; Bryan Dobson (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Rocky Horror Show) as Producer and others; Ruby Lewis (Marilyn!, Jersey Boys) as Betty Hutton, Peggy Lee, and others; Zonya Love (Emma and Max, The Color Purple) as Perlina and others; Marcia Rodd (Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Shelter) as Candy and others; and Brandon Ruiter (Sex with Strangers, A Picture of Dorian Gray) as Stage Manager and others.
Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole will officially open February 13 for a run through March 17. Music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations are by John McDaniel. McGregor also directs.
The production has set design by Clint Ramos and Ryan Howell, costume design by Katherine O’Neill, lighting design by Alan C. Edwards, and sound design by Alex Hawthorn. David Witham is music director/conductor, with Edgar Godineaux as choreographer.