The singer who made "The Candy Man" a hit is the subject of this bio-musical about a celebrity who once described himself as a "short, ugly, one-eyed, black Jew." Yes, we're talking about "Mr. Wonderful," triple-threat Sammy Davis Jr., the Harlem-born entertainer whose flamboyant style and showbiz pizazz made him a natural in Vegas. Created by Oscar- and Grammy-winning songwriter Leslie Bricusse, who wrote the book, lyrics and music (some songs with the late Anthony Newley), the show traces Davis' journey from child star working the vaudeville circuit, through chain-smoking Rat Packer in duds that redefined "dandy," and beyond. Obba Babatundé (pictured) stars as the diminutive dynamo with the fleet feet and soulful swing, not to mention a complicated personal story that was jagged with contradictions. Keith Glover directs this world premiere. Old Globe Theatre, opens Oct. 2.
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