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My View: Nat King Cole’s Music Is In Good Hands – Thos Shipley

My View: Nat King Cole’s Music Is In Good Hands – Thos Shipley

The great music of the great man was expertly brought to the stage of the Metropolitan Room last night, and from the first notes of “Straighten Up And Fly Right” this show was headed in the right direction. Thos Shipley, a 5-Time MAC Award Winner does not do an impersonation of Nat, but rather an accurate reproduction of the phrasing and musicianship that were the essence of Nat King Cole. For a jam packed Metropolitan Room it was truly an “Unforgettable” evening which brought  you back to an historic time in popular music.

(For another article by Stephen & complete photos of this show go to

Thos Shipley

Thos Shipley

Mark Suskin, David Fink, Thos Shipley, Tom Guarna


Maria von Nicolai & Eda Sorokoff





Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on, and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email:

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