The man you know.
The story you don’t.

Best-selling author Tavis Smiley presents a live multi-media stage presentation of his NY Times Bestseller, Death of A King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Final Year.  Commemorating the upcoming 50th anniversary of his death, this timely presentation will reveal a side of the iconic civil rights leader you’ve never known before.

With Smiley serving as narrator and original compositions performed by jazz pianist Marcus Roberts, this joyful tribute tells the little-known story of King’s final year.  Against all the odds and with his popularity in deep decline, King had to summon the courage, conviction, commitment and character, to bring a message of peace, equality and justice to a bitterly divided nation.

This stage presentation brings together elements of visual imagery and live music with eloquent prose, declaring the truth of the impact that one man’s integrity and strong faith in humanity can have on the American people, and people across the globe– a truth as timely today as it was 50 years ago.

Smiley’s King is more human than we have come to see him. But for that reason, he is even more courageous, and more admirable.

–The New York Times

Roberts’ combination of talent, ambition, discipline, stylistic openness and resourcefulness suggest that he is a remarkable musician – perhaps even a phenomenon.

–Michael West, Jazz Times

An eloquent, emotional journey from darkness to light.

Tour Dates

Tickets on sale Friday, Nov. 3 at 10 AM (Local Time)
January 15, 2018 • 8:00PM
Brooklyn, NY
King’s Theatre
January 17, 2018 • 7:30PM
Medford, MA
The Chevalier Theatre
January 18, 2018 • 7:30PM
Schenectady, NY
Proctors Theatre
January 20, 2018 • 7:30PM
Chicago, IL*
The Chicago Theatre
January 21, 2018 • 2:00PM
Milwaukee, WI
The Riverside
January 25, 2018 • 8:00PM
Newport News, VA
Ferguson Center for the Arts
January 26, 2018 • 7:30PM
Baltimore, MD
The Lyric
January 27, 2018 • 7:30PM
Newark, NJ
Prudential Hall at NJPAC
January 28, 2018 • 2:00PM
Washington, D.C.
The Warner Theatre
February 2, 2018 • 7:00PM
Philadelphia, PA
The Merriam Theater at Kimmel Center
February 3, 2018 • 8:00PM
Rochester, NY
Auditorium Theatre
February 8, 2018 • 7:30PM
Tulsa, OK
Cox Business Center
February 9, 2018 • 8:00PM
Columbia, MO**
Jesse Auditorium
February 10, 2018 • 7:30PM
Madison, WI
Orpheum Theatre
February 18, 2018 • 3:00PM
Oakland, CA*
The Paramount
February 21, 2018 • 7:30PM
San Antonio,TX**
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
February 22, 2018 • 7:30PM
Austin, TX**
Paramount Theatre
February 25, 2018
Dallas, TX**
AT&T Performing Arts Center
March 2, 2018 • 7:30PM
Columbus, OH
Palace Theatre
March 22, 2018 • 7:30PM
Richmond, VA*
Carpenter Theatre
March 23, 2018 • 7:30PM
Charlotte, NC
Knight Theatre at Blumenthal Arts
March 24, 2018
Jacksonville, FL
Moran Theatre
March 25, 2018 • 2:30PM
Tampa, FL
Ferguson Hall at the Straz Center
March 29, 2018 • 2:00PM
Dayton, OH
Mead Theatre at Victoria Theatre
April 2, 2018 • 7:30PM
Atlanta, GA
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center
April 4, 2018 • 7:30PM
Memphis, TN
Cannon Center for the Performing Arts
April 8, 2018
Savannah, GA**
Johnny Mercer Theater

*On sale Nov. 17 at 10 AM Local Time

**Single tickets will be on sale soon.

Tour Dates

January 15 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Kings Theatre

January 17 – Boston, The Chevalier Theatre

January 18 – Schenectady, N.Y., Proctors Theater

January 20 – Chicago, The Chicago Theatre

January 21 – Milwaukee, The Riverside

January 25 – Newport News, Va., Ferguson Center for the Arts

January 26 – Baltimore, The Lyric

January 27 – Newark, N.J., Prudential Hall at NJPAC

January 28 – Washington, The Warner Theatre

February 2 – Philadelphia, The Merriam Theatre at Kimmel Center

February 3 – Rochester, N.Y., Auditorium Theatre

February 8 – Tulsa, Okla., Cox Business Center

February 9 – Columbia, Mo., Jesse Auditorium

February 18 – Oakland, Calif., The Paramount

February 21 – San Antonio, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts

February 22 – Austin, Texas, Paramount Theatre

February 25 – Dallas, AT&T Performing Arts Center

March 2 – Columbus, Ohio, Palace Theatre

March 22 – Richmond, Va., Carpenter Theatre

March 23 – Charlotte, NC, Knight Theatre at Blumenthal Arts

March 24 – Jacksonville, Fla., Moran Theatre

March 25 – Tampa, Fla., Ferguson Hall at The Straz Center

March 29 – Dayton, Ohio, Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center

April 2 – Atlanta, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

April 4 – Memphis, Tenn., Cannon Center for the Performing Arts

April 8 – Savannah, Ga., Johnny Mercer Theater


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January 15, 2018 • 7:30PM
Brooklyn, NY
King’s Theatre

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