NAT KING COLES 100TH BIRTHDAY
Genre: Live Show
To celebrate Nat King Cole’s 100th Birthday Avoca Theatre presents Dorian Mode. Since his early teens, Dorian Mode spent his pocket money on Nat King Cole records, imitating Nat’s dazzling piano and vocal stylings. A lifelong fan, Dorian has meticulously researched Nat’s catalogue to choose iconic original trio arrangements to transcribe and weave into his show about Nat Cole’s fascinating life.
Since 2015, Dorian has performed his tribute to the Nat Cole Trio to sellout crowds across the country - from Sydney’s Independent Theatre, to sellout shows in Melbourne and the Gold Coast Performing Arts Centre. A natural entertainer, Dorian and his swinging trio will take you through Nat Cole’s journey to stardom in fascinating anecdote and song, including the classics: Unforgettable, Route 66 and Paper Moon and many more!
About The Film
Will Handy grows up in Memphis with his preacher father and his Aunt Hagar. His father intends for him to use his musical gifts only in church, but he can't stay away from the music of the streets and workers. After he writes a theme song for a local politician, Gogo, a speakeasy singer, convinces Will to be her accompanist. Will is estranged from his father for many years while he writes and publishes many blues songs. At last the family is reunited when Gogo brings them to New York to see Will's music played by a symphony orchestra.
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