Death of a King: A Live Theatrical Experience

Event has passed (Sun Feb 18, 2018 - Sun Feb 18, 2018)
Paramount Theatre
3 p.m.
$39.75 - $59.75
Music, Theater / Performance Arts


Tavis Smiley, broadcaster and best-selling author, will bring DEATH OF A KING: A LIVE THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE to Paramount Theater in Oakland on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 3 PM. This multi-media stage presentation of Smiley’s best-selling book, Death of A King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year commemorates the upcoming 50th anniversary of his death.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 10am and can be purchased at or by calling 800-745-3000.

Smiley narrates this joyful tribute that tells the little-known story of Dr. King’s final year. Against all the odds and with his popularity in deep decline, King summoned the courage, conviction, commitment and character, to bring a message of peace, equality and justice to a bitterly divided nation. Joining Smiley will be renowned jazz pianist pianist, Marcus Roberts, the genius of modern piano, who will be performing stirring, original compositions. Roberts’ new album, Trio Crescent: Celebrating Coltrane debuts later this month. Tony Award-winning Broadway and film director Kenny Leon (A Raisin In The Sun, The Mountaintop, August Wilson’s Fences) serves as Creative Consultant.

This stage presentation, sponsored by Walmart, 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 had on the American people, and people across the globe– a truth as timely today as it was 50 years ago.

“In our current political climate, DEATH OF A KING represents a narrative shift that’s not just about the normal discussion of left versus right and conservative versus liberal, but really a reset of our deepest values,” said Tavis Smiley. “ Dr. King said in 1968 we needed a revolution of values, and 50 years later, DEATH OF A KING aims to reunite America with its best self.”

The book Death of A King is a New York Times best-seller and is being developed as a television event series with Emmy Award-winner J.J. Abrams and Smiley executive producing, in partnership with Warner Bros. Television. Smiley’s PBS latenight talk show, Tavis Smiley, is currently in its 14th successful season.

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A limited quantity of VIP tickets are available and include an exclusive opportunity to meet Tavis Smiley at a post-show photo experience. VIP ticket holders will receive an autographed copy of the official Death of a King tour book, along with a CD featuring Marcus Roberts’ original music composed for the production.


  1. Paramount Theatre 2025 Broadway, Oakland, CA