NAT KING COLE 100 YEARSCelebrating The Centennial Anniversary Of Nat King Cole
Starring Colin Roy (Five Guys Named Moe, Smokey Joe's Cafe, SoulTrain, Hair)
Directed by Danny John-Jules
(The Cat Red Dwarf, Death In Paradise, Strictly Come Dancing)
Nat King Cole 100 Years celebrates the centennial anniversary of the birth of the iconic singer Nat King Cole and is the story of a man who changed adversity into success. Nat became immortalized through his music and paved the way for many artistes to achieve their dreams.
Nathaniel Adams Cole was born on the 17th March 1919 in the town of Montgomery, Alabama. His career began as a jazz pianist and with the Nat King Cole Trio he was the pioneer of small jazz ensembles. In a quiet bar in Chicago, Nat’s velvet voice was discovered and he went on to make over 2,000 recordings, many of which feature in films, adverts and television shows.
In 1943 Nat King Cole was signed to Capitol Records in Los Angeles, California and, because of his success at Capitol, the studio in downtown Hollywood became affectionately known as The House That Nat Built.
Nat King Cole made history in 1956 by becoming the first African American to host his own television show on NBC which catapulted him to superstar status, crossing many barriers and bringing classic songs such as Mona Lisa, When I Fall In love, Smile and The Christmas Song into the homes of millions. Even though Nat left us too young aged just forty-five, his legacy lives on through his music and his recordings still remain at the forefront of jazz and popular music.
First spotted by the casting director of The Lion King, Colin Roy has starred in many London West End shows including Five Guys Named Moe, Smokey Joe’s Café, Sweet Charity and Hair. Colin Roy’s exquisite voice and charismatic appearance superbly captures the magic and memory of the legendary Nat King Cole.
Colin Roy is joined on stage by a talented cast featuring Kevin D Stones as Nat King Cole's manager Carlos Gastel, musical director Steve Hill (Five Guys Named Moe) leads an outstanding band. The show is simply unmissable!