Best-selling author Tavis Smiley presents a live multi-media stage presentation of his NY Times Bestseller, Death of A King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year. Commemorating the upcoming 50th anniversary of his death, this timely presentation will reveal a side of the iconic civil rights leader you’ve never known before.
With Smiley serving as narrator and original compositions performed by jazz pianist Marcus Roberts, this joyful tribute tells the little-known story of King’s final year. Against all the odds and with his popularity in deep decline, King had to summon the courage, conviction, commitment and character, to bring a message of peace, equality and justice to a bitterly divided nation.
This stage presentation brings together elements of visual imagery and live music with eloquent prose, declaring the truth of the impact that one man’s integrity and strong faith in humanity can have on the American people, and people across the globe– a truth as timely today as it was 50 years ago.
Smiley’s King is more human than we have come to see him. But for that reason, he is even more courageous, and more admirable.
Roberts’ combination of talent, ambition, discipline, stylistic openness and resourcefulness suggest that he is a remarkable musician – perhaps even a phenomenon.
An eloquent, emotional journey from darkness to light.
*On sale Nov. 17 at 10 AM Local Time
**Single tickets will be on sale soon.
January 15 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Kings Theatre
January 17 – Boston, The Chevalier Theatre
January 18 – Schenectady, N.Y., Proctors Theater
January 20 – Chicago, The Chicago Theatre
January 21 – Milwaukee, The Riverside
January 25 – Newport News, Va., Ferguson Center for the Arts
January 26 – Baltimore, The Lyric
January 27 – Newark, N.J., Prudential Hall at NJPAC
January 28 – Washington, The Warner Theatre
February 2 – Philadelphia, The Merriam Theatre at Kimmel Center
February 3 – Rochester, N.Y., Auditorium Theatre
February 8 – Tulsa, Okla., Cox Business Center
February 9 – Columbia, Mo., Jesse Auditorium
February 18 – Oakland, Calif., The Paramount
February 21 – San Antonio, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
February 22 – Austin, Texas, Paramount Theatre
February 25 – Dallas, AT&T Performing Arts Center
March 2 – Columbus, Ohio, Palace Theatre
March 22 – Richmond, Va., Carpenter Theatre
March 23 – Charlotte, NC, Knight Theatre at Blumenthal Arts
March 24 – Jacksonville, Fla., Moran Theatre
March 25 – Tampa, Fla., Ferguson Hall at The Straz Center
March 29 – Dayton, Ohio, Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center
April 2 – Atlanta, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre
April 4 – Memphis, Tenn., Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
April 8 – Savannah, Ga., Johnny Mercer Theater
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