"There Was a Boy" is an unforgettable musical based on Nat King Cole, the man behind the music. The story springs to life through a narrative sermon by the pop star's Baptist preacher father about a shy musician who desires the world and longs for his father's approval. The reverend also thinks his prodigal son is reckless and needs Jesus.
Set against the backdrop of Cole’s rise to fame during the Capitol years (1943-1965), fiction meets some real events from the pop star’s life out of the limelight. Jazzy arrangements of familiar songs from his music legacy (as well as some lesser known gems) weave in and out of a classic story about love, loss and the greatest thing we'll ever learn...to love and be loved in return.
Experience the story and relish the music of one of the most charismatic and important figures in music and in American culture.
While this story is inspired by actual events, certain characters, characterizations, incidents, locations and dialogue were fictionalized or invented for the purpose of dramatization. With respect to such fictionalization or invention, any similarity to the name or to the action, character or history of any person, living or dead, or any product or entity or actual incident is entirely for dramatic purposes and not intended to reflect on any actual character, history, product or entity.
The events dramatized in the story were researched through books, documentaries, the library/public records, and online material, and aims to respect and celebrate the life and music legacy of Nat "King" Cole.
Production Photos: Morgan State University, November 2016
Photos Courtesy of TonyBMore.Zenfolio.com
Cast Photo: MiraCosta College, December 2016