It’s a hard task to emulate the voice, the legend and the style that was singer/pianist Nat King Cole.
His is a story that endures through his contribution to American music, his smooth jazz stylings, his charisma, and his success during the mid-20th century.
Unforgettable: the Music of Nat King Cole delivers an extraordinary evening of music showcasing one of the most beloved performers of all time, but it’s not a tribute act. It’s a theatrical performance about the man and his music, says Don Stewart, who is bringing the show to the Vernon Performing Arts Centre on Saturday.
“Nobody can be Nat King Cole”, said Stewart. “So I don’t even want to try. I just present what happened.”
Stewart, a Vancouver-based actor/singer, first produced the Unforgettable show in 2009 and continues to perform to the delight of audiences everywhere.
On stage, he serves as narrator and moves in and out of character as required to tell the story of Cole’s life through scenes, stories and nearly 40 memorable songs, including popular hits Sweet Lorraine, Mona Lisa, Rambling Rose, Unforgettable, and others.
For his upcoming performance, Stewart will be joined by Cayla Brooke as the legendary Peggy Lee. The singers are backed by a live jazz band, featuring Ron Johnston on piano, Dave Guiney on bass, Chris Nordquist on drums, and Dave Ivaz on guitar.
Apart from his work on Unforgettable, Stewart also works in film and television. An extremely dedicated performer, he has released two CDs of his own unique cover stylings.
Unforgettable: the Music of Nat King Cole, stages Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. and is part of the Vernon Performing Arts Centre Society’s theatre series.
Tickets are $35/adult, $32/senior, $30/student and $5/eyeGo, with discounts available for members of the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society. Call 250-549-7469 or order online at www.ticketseller.ca.