*”Sammy Davis Jr. and Friends” is a cabaret style show starring David Williams as Sammy Davis. The show takes you through Sammy’s life through music and dialogue. He shares his passion for the art, his confrontation with racism, his friendship with Frank Sinatra and his marriages to Mae Britt and Altovise Gore. Williams shares the stage with Suzanne Nichols who appears at Eartha Kitt.
“It is such an honor to play this icon, Sammy Davis epitomizing the quintessential talent,” Williams said. “It is my blessing to pay tribute to such an iconic star,” he added.
Williams, from California, began singing in church with the Praise and Worship team. The experience was so exhilarating that he decided to go into musical theatre performing in such shows as “Jesus Christ Super Star,” “Godspell,” “Hello Dolly” and more. He grew fascinated with the Sammy Davis Jr. after being invited to play him at Universal Studios.
After earning a degree in theatre from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, Nichols went on to study at ACT. She has played such varied roles as Lutibelle in the Black Repertory Theatre production of Purlie; Horatio in a Shakespeare in the Park production of Hamlet.
On playing Eartha Kitt, Suzanne says, “It is both an honor and a challenge to portray a complex woman who is not only iconic, but a true independent woman who does not allow society or the world of entertainment to define who she is. Her strength of character is an inspiration.”
Sammy Davis Jr. and Friends takes place September 11th 8 p.m. at the Lucy Florence Coffee Shop and Cultural Center 3351 West 43rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90008. For ticket reservations and information call: 323-293-1356 or 323-896-3613.