Tavis Smiley’s touring stage production based on his book “Death of a King” has been canceled because of allegations of sexual misconduct by the former PBS host.
The multimedia production, focusing on the last year of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, had been scheduled to kick off in Brooklyn on King’s birthday, Jan. 15, and come to the Chicago Theatre on Jan. 20.But a statement on the Chicago Theatre website says the tour was canceled “due to unforeseen circumstances” and offers ticket refunds.
The 40-city tour’s producer, Mills Entertainment, said Friday that “in light of the recent allegations” it is “suspending our relationship with” Smiley. “We take seriously the allegations,” the statement added.
The show was to includemusical compositions by pianist Marcus Roberts andthree 12-by-12 foot screens showing footage of King and his inner circle during his last year alive.
Last week PBS suspended Smiley after an independent investigation uncovered “multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS.”
Smiley has vehemently denied any wrongdoing.