Too Marvelous For Words starring Keith David
Too Marvelous For Words: A Tribute to Nat King Cole starring Keith David
Johnny Friendly, the host of the weekly radio show “Legends of American Music,” has somehow managed to land Nat “King’ Cole as his featured guest. Such is the framework for this theatrical concert: “TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS: a celebration of Nat “King” Cole” starring Keith David as Nat “King” Cole. Featuring a full jazz group plus strings, “Too Marvelous For Words” is a joyful, swinging and theatrical journey into the music and life of one of America’s greatest artists, and during the course of the show, the real (and imagined) audience gets to experience the breadth of Cole’s artistry. In this regard, “TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS” is not a typical concert, and with singer/actor Keith David at the healm, the audience leaves humming this wonderful music and ruminating on the many fascinating aspects of Nat’s life.
KEITH DAVID (lead performer)
With over 150 film, television and stage credits to his name,
Emmy Award-winning actor 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. In 2016, Keith David co-starred in the summer blockbuster, The Nice Guys, alongside Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, while simultaneously garnering accolades industry-wide for his portrayal of the title role of Bishop James Greenleaf on the Oprah Winfrey Network’s hit drama, Greenleaf. 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, Florida, 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.
Some of his 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, Keith is also an Emmy-winning voice over artist. He 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 has 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 revival of Mr. Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, directed by Phylicia Rashad. 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.
Too Marvelous For Words: A Tribute to Nat King Cole starring Keith David Johnny Friendly, the host of the weekly radio show “Legends of American Music,” has somehow managed to land Nat “King’ Cole as his featured guest. Such is the framework for this theatrical concert: “TOO MARVELOUS FOR WORDS: a celebration of Nat […]