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Too Marvelous For Words
“Too Marvelous For Words: A Celebration of Nat ‘King’ Cole” is a fun and swingin’ journey into the life and music of Nat “King” Cole. Before “The Christmas Song” and “Mona Lisa” that we know from the crooner standing in front of the orchestra, Nat was recording and playing (from the piano bench!) some of the tastiest and most influential music of the day, leaving an impact not only on an array of singers, but also on such pianists as Oscar Peterson and Ahmad Jamal.
The show features as narrator/lead singer the wonderful Keith David, who has been a Hollywood mainstay for decades, with appearances in films such as The Nice Guys, Platoon, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Crash, and Armageddon. A lifetime fan of Nat Cole, Mr. David infuses his love of Cole into the show (written and created by Peter Smith and Robert Perkins). Lush arrangements of Nat’s most famous songs are beautifully placed in the context of American history, charming stories, and little-known anecdotes. Sweetened by these fascinating tidbits from Nat’s life, “Too Marvelous For Words” is fun, informative, and irresistibly swinging.
More on Keith David
2016 has certainly been a busy year for Emmy Award winning actor Keith David on several mediums. Keith co-starred in the summer blockbuster, The Nice Guys, alongside Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, while simultaneously garnering accolades industrywide for his portrayal of the title role as Bishop James Greenleaf on Oprah Winfrey Network’s new hit drama, Greenleaf.
“The standout of the series is Keith David, who plays the family patriarch and bishop of the church. The scenes in which he preaches work better than most actual religious services I have attended.” New York Times
In 2015, David wrapped the Carmine Cangialosi directed film American Dresser, in which he starred with Tom Berenger. He also starred in the 6th season of the hit show, Community, followed by a recurring role in Big Time in Hollywood, FL, Comedy Central’s first serialized comedy produced by Ben Stiller. Previously, David starred in the irreverent Fox comedy Enlisted for which he was nominated for a Critics Choice Award for Best Supporting Actor.
“The reliably terrific David is magnetic from the start as the Bishop.” Variety
With over 150 film, television and stage credits to his name, Keith David continues to exemplify the character of Hollywood’s greatest actors with a humble ability to remain in demand, both on and off screen.
Some of his dozens of on-screen feature film roles include Oliver Stone’s Academy Award-
winning Platoon, Paul Haggis’ Academy Award-winning Crash, as well as There’s Something About Mary, Armageddon, Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick, Requiem for a Dream, Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Barbershop.
Noted for his deep, commanding voice, another dimension of Keith’s career holds him as an Emmy winning voice over artist. Keith recently received his fourth Emmy nomination for Outstanding Narrator in Jackie Robinson, an acclaimed documentary by Ken Burns. Keith’s strong working relationship with Ken Burns made him the narrative voice for four of Ken’s epic documentaries. The segment A Necessary War from Burns’ miniseries The War, earned David an Emmy® award to add to his first, previously won for Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson. The miniseries Jazz also earned David an Emmy nomination. Keith also lent his voice to Coraline and Disney’s Princess and The Frog.
As a native New Yorker, Mr. David has extensive stage experience and studied voice and theater at the prestigious Juilliard School of Drama. In 1992, he earned a Tony® Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his role in the classic Broadway play Jelly’s Last Jam. Other highlights of Keith’s extensive stage resume include originating the lead role on Broadway in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars and the recent revival of Mr. Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, directed by Debbie Allen.
Keith David is also an accomplished singer/songwriter with his own band. Keith has performed across Europe, as well as Carnegie Hall. He is currently performing in Jazz Clubs and with symphonies and orchestras across the country.
“难以言喻：庆祝Nat King Cole三重奏”是一个回归早起Nat King Cole的旅程。在“圣诞之歌”和“蒙娜丽莎”之前，Nat在录制和演奏那时期最具影响力的音乐，并且影响了一大批的歌手和钢琴家。彼得史密斯（创作者）汲取于他作为演员，歌手和钢琴家的经验，不费吹灰之力地编制了Nat King Cole的生活，为观众创造了一个有趣又内容丰富的夜晚，让他们沉浸在Nat的生活之中。
Una maravilla que no puede ponerse en palabras: Una celebración del Nat ‘King’ Cole Trio es un viaje a los primeros días de Nat King Cole”. Antes de “The Christmas Song” y “Mona Lisa”, Nat estaba grabando y tocando algo de la música más influyente de sus días, dejando un impacto en una serie de cantantes y pianistas de la época. Basándose en su experiencia como actor, cantante y pianista, Peter Smith (creador) teje sin esfuerzo historias de la vida de Nat King Cole, creando una noche que es divertida e informativa dejando al público moviendo los pies y meditando los chismes jugosos de la vida de Nat.