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Cincinnati King Play Through December 23
December 23, 2018
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park$35.40 – $57.40
Celebrate Cincinnati’s rich music history in this world premiere musical Cincinnati King about King Records!
Cincinnati King celebrates rich music history in this world premiere musical about King Records. Based on hundreds of interviews, the story traces the groundbreaking rise of music pioneer Syd Nathan and the artists he produced, the music he created and the enemies he made along the way. The show shares behind-the-scenes tales of King Records hits including “The Twist,” “Blues Stay Away From Me,” “Fever” and “Need Your Love So Bad.”
The play is part documentary, with dialogue from actual interviews with Paul, along with imagined lines from Nathan based on information from research and other interviews about him. Tickets are $35.40 – $57.50 and can be purchased online or by calling 513-421-3888. Student and group tickets are available.
Cincinnati King tells the story of King Records founder Syd Nathan, his groundbreaking rise, the music he created and artists he produced, including singer Little Willie John and session drummer Philip Paul.
Philip Paul, Syd Nathan and Little Willie John are the three main characters in CINCINNATI KING, which begins with Philip Paul ending a set and coming downstage to talk to the audience as if they are interviewing him. The ghost of Syd Nathan then comes onstage and decides that he needs to be interviewed, too, so he can set the record straight.
Check out Cincinnati King events!
Playhouse Perspectives: Telling The King Records Story
Wednesday, October 17, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Herzog Studios, 811 Race Street
Cost: Free. Registration required.
Through a variety of creative media, many artists and scholars have been capturing the rich history of Syd Nathan and King Records. The record label’s legacy lives on through documentary film, written biographies and now live theatre. Join us for a special panel event in which filmmaker Yemi Oyediran, author Randy McNutt, Herzog Studio’s Elliot Ruther and theatre artist KJ Sanchez provide unique insight into their creative work that shines a spotlight on King Records. This event will be hosted by local music historian and librarian Brian Powers.
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by calling the Box Office at 513-421-3888. The Playhouse Perspectives series is supported by a generous grant from Roderick and Barbara Barr.
Adult Workshop: Rhythm & Perspective
Saturday, November 17, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Playhouse
Cost: $50. Registration required.
Do you love percussion and idolize legendary musicians like King Records session drummer Philip Paul? Have you always wanted to learn how to play but never pursued lessons? Are you excited about the music in our world premiere production of Cincinnati King? In this adult enrichment workshop, learn the fundamentals of drumming from rudiments to tuning to reading tabs.
Playhouse Perspectives: King Records Legacy Artist
Monday, November 26, at 7 p.m. at the Playhouse
Cost: Free but registration required.
Hear first-hand accounts of the rise of King Records from artists who were there and are currently working to preserve its legacy. This special event will feature King Records session drummer Philip Paul. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required by calling the Box Office at 513-421-3888. The Playhouse Perspectives series is supported by a generous grant from Roderick and Barbara Barr.
Documentary Screening: King Records: Birthplace of Rock & Roll
Thursday, November 29, at 7 p.m. at the Esquire Theatre
Sunday, December 2, at 2 p.m. at the Kenwood Theatre
Cost: $12 per person
Enjoy a screening of the first installment of a docu-series about King Records’ impact on the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, featuring live concert performances and interviews.
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