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Nat King Christmas at Hammer Theater Center

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SAINT NAT: Nat King Cole, writer of many of the toastiest fireside Christmas tunes, is celebrated this holiday season at the Hammer.

SAINT NAT: Nat King Cole, writer of many of the toastiest fireside Christmas tunes, is celebrated this holiday season at the Hammer.

Who is Evan Tyrone Martin, and why is he playing Nat King Cole? It’s a valid question for theater buffs in the Bay Area, but for those active in Chicago’s musical scene, Martin is a well-known name. A leading actor in productions as varied as Jesus Christ Superstar, Dreamgirls, Oklahoma and The Color Purple, Martin’s latest role is his transformation into the jazz legend and famed pianist. This holiday-themed special is a joyful tribute to Cole’s classic hits and includes covers of songs like “Mona Lisa,” “The Christmas Song” and “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.” Runs through Dec. 3.

Nat King Christmas
Fri, 8pm, $45+
Hammer Theater Center, San Jose

 

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