Death of A King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year at Proctors

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A multimedia stage show called Death of A King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year will be at Proctors January 18. Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 3 -- they're $25.75 and up.

Death of King is based on the book of the same title by Tavis Smiley. Show blurbage:

Smiley narrates this joyful tribute that tells the little-known story of Dr. King's final year. Against all the odds and with his popularity in deep decline, King summoned the courage, conviction, commitment and character to bring a message of peace, equality and justice to a bitterly divided nation. Joining Smiley will be renowned jazz artist, Marcus Roberts, the genius of modern piano, who will perform stirring original compositions. Roberts' new album, Trio Crescent: Celebrating Coltrane, debuts later this month. Tony Award-winning Broadway and film director Kenny Leon (A Raisin in The Sun, The Mountaintop, August Wilson's Fences) serves as Creative Consultant.

That first link above includes a sample of the show.

Here's a USA Today article about the touring production, and a NYT review of the book from which it's adapted.

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