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This is the script of the original Langston Hughes version of his Black Nativity. From what I can discover few people perform it as originally written but change. Don’t miss the season of Black Nativity, the Black community’s Christmas gift to Children, teens and parents can learn about Langston Hughes’ powerful . Black Nativity by Langston Hughes. This holiday Gospel celebration has captured the hearts of our audience that it returns for its 15th.

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Way Down South Black Nativity in Rotterdam By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. A final soliloquy by a young child ended the performance.

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Use mdy dates from March A performance of this musical also has taken place every Christmas huvhes since in Seattlefirst at the Intiman Theater and currently at the Moore Theater. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The show had a successful tour of Europe inone of its appearances being at the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Italy.


In Concert – A Gospel Celebration”. Archived from the original on June 10, Archived from the original on April 18, Not Without Laughter The New York Times. Traditional Christmas carols are sung in gospel style, with a few songs created langstoj for the show.

The show began with the theater completely darkened. Black Nativity is a retelling of the classic Nativity story with an entirely black cast. Views Read Edit View history.

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Retrieved July 9, Total Experience Gospel Choir. The stage, previously lit with orange and blue lights, was bathed in a deep red hue.

Archived from the original on July 1, Alvin Ailey was a part of the original Off-Broadway cast, but he and Carmen de Lavallade departed from the show prior to its opening, in a dispute over the title being changed to Black Nativity. The show closed with the chorus singing a reprise of “Go Tell It on the Mountain” as langstn walked out in darkness.

Black Nativity

The birth of Jesus was one of the most dramatic aspects of the show. Traditional gospel spirituals chosen by Langston Hughes.

Originally written by Langston Hughesthe show was first performed Off-Broadway on December 11,and was one of the first plays written by an African American to be staged there. The Three Wise Men were often played by prominent members of the black community in the neighboring area, and had no singing parts. Barefoot singers clad only in white robes and carrying electric candles walked in, singing the classic hymn ” Go Tell It on the Mountain “.


Ina documentary film was made about the world premiere performance, production, and creation of the best-selling gospel Christmas album Black Nativity — In Concert: Retrieved from ” https: This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat Mary’s contractions were echoed through the use of African drums and percussion.

The theatrical director is Jackie Moscou, the music director is Patrinell Wright, and the choreography was designed by Donald Byrd.