The Geffen Playhouse has extended the production of “Lights Out: Nat ‘King’ Cole” through March 24 at the Gil Cates Theater.
In this exploration into the soul of an American icon, writers Colman Domingo and Patricia McGregor imagine Cole as he faces the final Christmastime broadcast of his variety show and weighs the advice of his friend Sammy Davis Jr. to “go out with a bang.” Cole’s hit songs, such as “Nature Boy,” “It’s a Good Day” and “Smile,” underscore this homage to the renowned performer who struggled to break through America’s color barrier in the early days of television.
The production features Gisela Adisa, Connor Amacio Matthews, Bryan Dobson, Mary-Pat Green, Dulé Hill, Ruby Lewis, Zonya Love, Brandon Ruiter and Daniel J. Watts.
Tickets start at $30. Rush tickets for each day’s performance are made available to the general public 30 minutes before showtime at the box office, and are $35 for general admission and $10 for student admission.
The performances Tuesday through Friday are at 8 p.m. On Saturdays, showtime is at 3 and 8 p.m., and 2 and 7 p.m. on Sundays.
The Gil Cates Theater at the Geffen Playhouse is located at 10886 Le Conte Ave. For information and tickets, visit geffenplayhouse.org, or call (310)208-5454.