"There Was a Boy" is an unforgettable musical based on Nat King Cole, the man behind the music and is set against the backdrop of the shy musician's rise to fame during the Capitol Record years, 1943 -1965.
The pop star’s Baptist preacher father narrates the story through a sermon about the prodigal son while his own son’s story plays out on stage. 27 songs from Nat’s music legacy weave in and out of a moving story of hope, overcoming adversity, and the greatest thing we'll ever learn...to love and be loved in return.
The story is universal and relatable. The music is nostalgic and lush.
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