Unforgettable is a dazzling evening of musical theatre showcasing one of the most beloved performers of all time, Nat King Cole.
Cole's legacy endures to this day because of his contribution to American music, his smooth jazz style, his charisma and his success as a black man during the 1960s.
Actor/singer Don Stewart honours Cole's life through this marvelous production, Unforgettable: the Music of Nat King Cole, coming to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre on March 2 at 7: 30 p.m.
Come see why Cole was a beloved superstar whose appeal transcended the boundaries of race, culture, and geography just as Stewart transcends the years and becomes this musical giant.
The songs are here too. Incredible hits like "Mon a Lisa," "Route 66," "Too Young," "Paper Moon" and the classic, "Unforgettable."
Stewart brings us this unmistakable music and a musical biography that ranges from Cole's piano-playing days in low-down dives and honky-tonks to his breakthrough contract with Capitol Records. The whole story is there: his fight against racism at the studio and in his very own Hollywood neighbourhood. Go on a fascinating musical journey as the show follows the phenomenal story of Nat King Cole, the incredible odds that this son of an Alabama preacher was up against and how the young jazz pianist became a worldwide singing sensation.
Jazz singer Stewart, with a unique style and a rich voice capable of great emotional power and sensitivity, tells the stories of love, hurt and joy in a memorable and beautiful performance that will leave audience members transfixed. Stewart has developed an elegant style that is as unforgettable as Nat King Cole himself.
"My thing is, nobody can be Nat King Cole," says Stewart, "So I don't even want to try. I just present what happened."
On stage, Stewart serves as narrator in Unforgettable and moves in and out of character as required telling the story of Cole's life through scenes, stories and over 40 memorable songs, including popular hits like "Sweet Lorraine," "Rambling Rose," "Autumn Leaves" and more. Accompanying him is special guest Cayla Brooke, who portrays the equally legendary Peggy Lee and a live jazz band led by Vancouver jazz pianist and musical director Ron Johnston.
Join Stewart as he examines Nat King Coles relationships with the key people in his life packaged along with those unforgettable hit songs which have become part of the soundtrack of our lives.
? For tickets call the centre box office at 604-391SHOW (7469), visit in person or purchase online at www.chilliwackculturalcentre.ca.