AN UNFORGETTABLE NAT KING COLE CHRISTMAS Starring Evan Tyrone Martin | Dec. 5-7, 2018 | Aronoff Center – Jarson-Kaplan Theater

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CINCINNATI, OH – Warm up your holiday season with the Artists Lounge Live production of AN UNFORGETTABLE NAT KING COLE CHRISTMAS starring Evan Tyrone Martin from December 5-7, 2018 at the Aronoff Center’s intimate Jarson-Kaplan Theater.  All performances are at 7:30 PM.  The show is a part of the Cincinnati Arts Association’s 2018-19 Season.  

Tickets go on sale Friday, August 17 at 10:00 AM at, (513) 621-ARTS [2787], and the Aronoff Center Ticket Office. Group discount tickets for ten or more are available by calling (513) 977-4157.

Chicago sensation Evan Tyrone Martin (Jesus Christ Superstar, Side ShowOklahoma) warmly resonates the velvety vocal style of musical legend Nat King Cole. The Chicago Tribune calls the award-nominated Martin “Destined for Stardom: One of the Hot New Faces of Chicago Theatre”; The Chicago Sun-Times raves, “Evan Tyrone Martin is a golden-voiced actor of sweetness and grace”; and BCR News praises, “Martin’s vocal ease would have done Nat King Cole proud.” Martin intimately relates Cole’s personal journey, while presenting a festive cocktail of hits including “L-O-V-E,” “Mona Lisa,” “The Christmas Song,” and “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth.”

Evan’s Chicago theatre credits include: Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus; Black Theatre Alliance Award nomination), Oklahoma (Ali Hakim), Hair (Hud), I Left My Heart: A Salute to the Music of Tony Bennett (Jeff Award nomination), Far From Heaven (Raymond; Jeff Award nomination), Dreamgirls (Curtis; Black Theatre Alliance Award nomination), The Little Mermaid (King Triton), Rent (Collins), The Color Purple (Harpo),Side Show (Jake; Jeff Award nomination), Violet (Flick; Jeff Award nomination), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Valentin; Jeff Award nomination, Broadway World Award nomination), Floyd Collins, and Some Enchanted Evening. Regional credits include: The Little Mermaid (King Triton), Forever Plaid (Jinx), Hair (Berger), and Pippin (Leading Player). Concerts: Unforgettable: Falling In Love with Nay King Cole and An Unforgettable Nat King Cole Christmas. Martin is a graduate of Ashland University.

Artists Lounge Live is a dynamic concert series featuring popular music of yesterday performed by tremendous talent of today. Rising stars of stage and screen shine in heartfelt evenings of story and song. Dedicated to serving audiences across the nation, Artists Lounge Live brings acts from America’s entertainment capitals to communities of all sizes. Artists Lounge Live is created by performer/producer MichaelIngersoll. A favorite of PBS audiences, Ingersoll toured the country performing with his retro-rock vocal group Under the Streetlamp, whose television concert specials air in millions of homes nationwide. He is also known for starring as Nick Massi of the Four Seasons in Jersey Boys for the original Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles companies. Ingersoll’s Artists Lounge Live mission states, “We believe in the restorative power of live entertainment.”



SEASON PRESENTING SPONSORS:  21C Museum Hotel, Cincinnati Herald, CityBeat, Courtyard Marriott & Residence Inn-Rookwood, Heidelberg Distributing, Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Hyatt Regency-Cincinnati, Macy’sPepsi, Prosource, Skyline Chili, TriHealth, Ultimate Air Shuttle, USI

Founded in 1992, the Cincinnati Arts Association (CAA) is a not-for-profit organization that oversees the programming and management of the Tri-state’s finest performing arts venues – the Aronoff Center for the Arts and Music Hall – and is dedicated to supporting performing and visual arts. Each year, CAA presents a diverse schedule of events; serves upwards of 600,000 people in its venues; features the work of talented local, regional, and national artists in the Weston Art Gallery (located in the Aronoff Center); and supports the work of more than one dozen resident companies. Since the inception of its acclaimed arts education programs in 1995, CAA has reached more than 1.6 million students. For more information, visit

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