Obba Babatunde cast as crooner

Obba Babatunde has been cast as Sammy Davis Jr. in “Sammy,” the biotuner bowing at the Old Globe in San Diego this fall.

Thesp (“Dreamgirls,” “Jelly’s Last Jam”) was a protege of Davis, whose life story is retold in the musical with book, music and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse (“Stop the World — I Want to Get Off”) and additional songs by Bricusse and Anthony Newley.

Keith Glover directs the world preem, choreographed by Keith Young. Show is set to begin previews at the Old Globe Sept. 19 ahead of an Oct. 2 opening.

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