Route 66: Finding Nat King Col
Amun Ra Theatre, 2805 Clifton Avenue
October 8 - 31, 2010
Some know him as the greatest pianist who ever lived, others as the King of ballads and love songs,still others as a trailblazing television idol. Nashville will have the honor of meeting them all, and the actor who brings his music to life. Following the success of his first one-man show, How Blak Kin Eye Bee, Dr. jeff obafemi carr will appear in the world premiere of Route 66: Finding Nat King Cole, at Amun Ra Theatre, 2508 Clifton Avenue October 8th - October 31st, 2010, Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. with a post-show discussion. Route 66: Finding Nat King Cole will be directed by writer, producer, and performer T'Keyah Crystal Keymáh, known world wide for her acclaimed television work on In Living Color, Cosby, and That's So Raven.
Keymáh, who studied directing at Florida A & M and Florida State Universities, and has directed an episode of the Disney television show, That's So Raven and several stage productions including her own award-winning, Some of My Best Friends: A Collection of Characters. Like Route 66, Some of My Best Friends is a one-person show with poetry and music. Keymáh did celebrated runs of her show in Los Angeles and New York and toured with it for more than ten years. She and carr, who is also the Artistic Director of Amun Ra Theatre, had been discussing a collaboration since they first met at the National Black Theatre Festival in North Carolina many years ago. For just as long, fans of carr's singing voice have been urging him to bring Cole to the theatrical stage. So when carr finished polishing a draft of the show this summer, it seemed to him that Keymáh was the perfect choice to direct the piece.
Route 66: Finding Nat King Cole, explores the struggle of one performer to find his own voice while fighting to embody one of the greatest entertainers of all times. Full of storytelling, characters, poetry and of course the music you know and love, audiences will laugh, cry, and be moved by the music of one of the greatest and most beloved singers of all time.
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