The man you know. The story you don't.
Broadcaster and author Tavis Smiley presents a live multimedia stage presentation of his New York Times bestseller, Death of A King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of the renowned civil rights leader. Jazz pianist Marcus Roberts accompanies Smiley with a live original score to illustrate the poignant story of Dr. King’s final year and his enduring legacy as a voice for equality in our nation.
This timely presentation will reveal a side of the iconic civil rights leader you’ve never known before. With Smiley on the stage serving as narrator and original compositions performed by the genius of the modern piano, jazz pianist Marcus Roberts, this joyful tribute tells the little-known story of 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.
Sponsored by Walmart, this stage presentation ties together elements of stunning visual imagery and live music with eloquent prose, declaring the truth of the impact that one man’s integrity and strong faith in humanity had on the American people, and people across the globe. DEATH OF A KING: A LIVE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE aims to reunite America with its best self.
The production is written and narrated by Tavis Smiley and features live piano accompaniment by Marcus Roberts. (In select markets, Marcus Roberts will be replaced by Aaron Diehl.)