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A National Stage Company of Canada World Premiere Concert Event
Created & Produced By: Tony James

STARRING 

International Recording Artist/Actor, JAMES RICH

DIRECT FROM NEW YORK CITY

 

FEATURING

The Unforgettable Trio

MORRISSEY DUNN, MICHAEL ARBOU & CAILUN CAMPBELL

LIVE IN CONCERT

THE NAT KING COLE SONGBOOK

EXCLUSIVE WEST COAST TOUR

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Executive Producer | Stage Director: Tony James

Musical Director: Morrissey Dunn

"...Rich lofts the equivalent of high fly balls". 

The Boston Globe 

"James Rich is caramel smooth" 

The Pioneer Press 

"James sings like a seasonal pro, like a studio singer, and his emotional range is vast". 

The Beverly Hills Outlook

ABOUT

Under the creative direction of the National Stage Company of Canada comes an exciting west coast premiere concert celebrating the iconic NAT KING COLE. 

Acclaimed New York Actor & Singer JAMES RICH, headlines this stirring new production featuring over 2 hours of the legendary Nat King Cole songbook. 

With incredible musical direction by celebrated Canadian pianist, MORRISSEY DUNN from Halifax, Nova Scotia and accompanied by the electrifying talents of MICHAEL ARBOU on drums and CAILUN CAMPBELL on bass, this truly memorable evening of song and storytelling will leave audiences on their feet. 

Featured musical selections include 'Nature Boy', 'Smile", 'I Wish You Love', 'Autumn Leaves', 'Too Young', 'Mona Lisa', 'Route 66', and 'Unforgettable', among countless others. 

Set amongst a stunning and elegant background, UNFORGETTABLE - THE NAT KING COLE SONGBOOK, weaves together the musical genius of Nat King Cole in a style that defines his timeless legacy. With his rich and velvety voice, natural charm, and dynamic stage presence, JAMES RICH captures the tone, feel, style and beauty of the music and the man as only he can.

As the most recognizable American voice since Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole won the love of millions with his musical prowess and down-to-earth personality. A man and an artist who transcended the boundaries of race, culture, and geography for generations. 

Join us this June for the premiere of this outstanding concert celebrating NAT KING COLE.  

MEDIA

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

JUNE 11, 2022

SID WILLIAMS THEATRE

COURTENAY, B.C.. - 7:30 PM

Phone: 250.338.2430

sidwilliamstheatre.com

442 Cliffe Avenue

VIP: $64.50
 Section B: $54.50
Section C: $49.50

ON SALE NOW

JUNE 13, 2022

THE OV ARTS CENTRE

NANAIMO, B.C.. - 7:30 PM

VIP: $65.00
 GENERAL: $55.00

Phone: 778.587.9488

theovartscentre.ca

25 Victoria Road

ON SALE NOW

JUNE 14, 2022

ALIX GOOLDEN PERFORMANCE HALL

VICTORIA, B.C.. - 7:30 PM

VIP: $65.00
 GENERAL: $55.00

Phone: 250.386.5311

alixgooldenhall.com

900 Johnson Street

ON SALE SOON

JUNE 15, 2022

THE OV ARTS CENTRE

NANAIMO, B.C.. - 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM

VIP: $65.00
 GENERAL: $55.00

ON SALE NOW

Phone: 778.587.9488

theovartscentre.ca

25 Victoria Road

JUNE 16, 2022

KNOX UNITED CHURCH

PARKSVILLE, B.C.. - 7:30 PM

VIP: $65.00
 GENERAL: $55.00

Phone: 778.587.9488

kucparksville.ca

345 Pym Street

ON SALE NOW

JUNE 18, 2022

ARTSPRING THEATRE

SALT SPRING ISL, B.C.. - 7:30 PM

VIP: $55.00
 GENERAL: $45.00

Phone: 250.537.2102

artspring.ca

100 Jackson Street

JUNE 19, 2022

NORMAN ROTHSTEIN THEATRE

VANCOUVER, B.C.. - 7:30 PM

VIP: $65.00
 GENERAL: $55.00

JUNE 20, 2022

EVERGREEN CULTURAL CENTRE

COQUITLAM, B.C.. - 7:30 PM

VIP: $65.00
 GENERAL: $55.00

Phone: 778.587.9488

normanrothsteintheatre.com

950 W. 41st Avenue

Phone: 778.587.9488

evergreenculturalcentre.ca

1250 Pinetree Way

ON SALE NOW

ON SALE NOW

ON SALE NOW

JUNE 21, 2022

JAMES COWAN THEATRE

BURNABY, B.C.. - 7:30 PM

VIP: $65.00
 GENERAL: $55.00

Phone: 604.205.3000

burnaby.ca

6450 Deer Lake Avenue

ON SALE SOON

VIP BENEFITS:  Invitation to private post-show meet & greet | Prime Seats | Photo and Autograph opportunity | Complimentary Beverage

GROUP RATES:  Groups of 10 or more persons receive 10% off. (Discount excludes VIP tickets)

THE ARTISTS - THE BIOS 

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JAMES RICH

James is a New York-based singer-actor, and playwright. His performing credits include touring with Harry Belafonte (Backup Singer), the First National Tour of "Rent" (Benny), "Saturday Night Fever" on Broadway (Booth Singer), Off-Broadway, and Regional Theater. Additionally, James performed in the premiere production of "Big Band Beat" at Tokyo Disney Resort, for which he was also the vocal and line captain. He received a Mousker Award (an honor usually reserved for company executives) for exemplary team support of the Disney Family. Additionally,

James has been the lead vocalist for numerous bands/orchestras in New York and Los Angeles. His one-man show, "When I Think About Love," played to sold-out audiences at multiple cabaret and concert venues in the Tri-State area. His LP of the same title is available on iTunes and various music streaming platforms. On-screen, James appeared in national TV commercials, guest star roles on "Everybody Loves Raymond," "As the World Turns," and he played Det. Phillip Anderson in the independent feature "Rogues."

Behind the scenes, James was an Assistant Costume Designer on the Emmy Award-winning Season 2 of "Dancing with the Stars," and as the Artistic Director for Randall Designs. He was the Costume Designer for "That's Dancin'" (Crystal Cruises) as well as numerous regional theater productions. He is currently writing and developing "There Was a Boy," a musical about the life of Nat King Cole. The 2-act story pulls back the curtain on the shy musician's successes and failures as a performer, a husband, a father, and a son

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MORRISSEY

DUNN

Morrissey has been involved in music in some fashion for literally all his life, having been introduced to and tutored on the piano at a very early age by his late father and well known musician, Gerard. After a brief period of music lessons, it was clear music would play a major part in his life and went on to study Conservative Music Theory and Practical. 

Over the years, Morrissey has accompanied various artists on guitar and bass, but his true love, and what has been keeping him the busiest for the last while, is the piano.  Moe, as he is known in many circles, continues to be a featured solo performer at many venues in Atlantic Canada (An Evening with Moe Dunn), singing and playing ageless songs from the likes of Billy Joel, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, The Beatles and more.  To add to his performing resume, Morrissey has also found himself fortunate enough to act in several movies, TV specials and documentaries, notably Shattered City, The Halifax Explosion, Black Harbour, Star Track, Bruce Curtis Story and others. 

While performing has been on Moe's resume for a long time, it's not his only passion, as he can be heard weekday afternoons 3-7pm on Jewel Radio (105.1), a nationally broadcast radio format enjoyed by listeners who love their Lite Favorites.  

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CAILUN CAMPBELL

Cailun Campbell first fell in love with music while listening to the radio with his parents when he was a child. His father is an avid collector of music from many genres and styles and helped him discover the wide range of sounds the world had to offer. Cailun jumped at his first opportunity to sign up for music lessons at the age of eleven, and thus began his storied history playing the Upright Bass. He eventually went on to study music at Acadia and began his own journey discovering musical styles playing Jazz, Bluegrass, Country and Folk, performing in Wind and Orchestra ensembles, diving into pit bands for musicals and debuting avant-garde works composed by his university colleagues. Today you can find Cailun in his hometown of Windsor Nova Scotia still playing music and listening to the radio every day.

MICHAEL

ARBOU

Michael Arbou is a dynamic performing musician and drum teacher from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Having studied music since childhood, his passion for bringing music into the lives of others has been a guiding light throught his life and career. He has performed and recorded with musicians from around the world, and he's excited now to share this passion with you.

 

Being in Nova Scotia brings a rich musical culture into everyone's heart, and being raised in a musical family, Michael naturally felt compelled to support the melodies and dancing that accompany every social event. Drumming gave him that freedom.

His first recording at the age of 14 was soon followed by high school accolades and the opportunity to study with amazing teachers and professors of music at universities across the Maritimes. He has honed his craft, and he brings everything he loves to the stage with joy.

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NAT KING COLE was born Nathaniel Adams Coles at Montgomery, Alabama. He received music lessons from his mother and his family moved to Chicago when he was only five, where his father Edward James Coles was a minister at the True Light Baptist Church and later Pastor of the First Baptist Church.

At 12 he was playing the church organ and at 14 he formed a 14 piece band called the Royal Dukes. Nat was a top flight sandlot baseball player at Wendell Phillips high school in Chicago. His three brothers, Ike, Eddie Cole and Frankie also played the piano and sang professionally. Nat was also an above-average football player in high school. His sister Evelyn Cole was a beautician in nearby Waukegan, Illinois.

In 1939 he formed the King Cole Trio after his publicist put a silver tin-foiled crown on his head and proclaimed him King. He later toured Europe and made a command performance before Queen Elizabeth II. He had a highly-rated TV show in the 1950s but it was canceled (by Cole himself) because no companies could be found that were willing to sponsor the show. He was a big baseball fan and had a permanent box seat at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. He met his wife Maria Cole (a big-band singer) at the Zanzibar nightclub in Los Angeles through the Eddie “Rochester” Anderson show. Her parents protested her decision to marry Cole, however, they were married in 1948 and had two daughters, Natalie and Caroline.

Cole appeared in several movies, his last one being Cat Ballou (1965), starring Lee Marvin. Cole received 28 gold record awards for such hits as "Sweet Lorraine", "Ramblin' Rose" in 1962, "Too Young" in 1951, "Mona Lisa" in 1949 and Mel Torme’s "Christmas Song". His first recordings of the Christmas Song included the lyrics, "Reindeers really know how to fly" instead of "reindeer really know how to fly", a mistake later corrected by Capitol Records. He was also a composer and his song "Straighten Up and Fly Right" was sold for $50.00. Nat died of lung cancer in February 1965.

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MEDIA 

PROMOTIONAL PHOTOS

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MUSICAL SELECTIONS

05 LOVE DANCE (10-6-15)Artist Name
00:00 / 05:51
04 MONA LISA (10-6-15)Artist Name
00:00 / 03:38

ALBUM

MORE INFO 

 

WEB: www.james-rich.com

FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/jamesrich

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OFFICIAL POSTER 

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