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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Use mdy dates from March Archived from the original on July 1, The New York Times. The stage, previously lit with orange and blue lights, was bathed in a deep red hue. A final soliloquy by a young child ended the performance.

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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.

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Retrieved July 9, Way Down South Traditional gospel spirituals chosen by Langston Hughes. The theatrical director is Jackie Moscou, the music director is Patrinell Wright, and the choreography was designed by Donald Byrd. Barefoot singers clad only in white robes and carrying electric candles walked langstonn, singing the classic hymn ” Go Tell It on the Mountain “.

Mary’s contractions were echoed through the use of African drums and percussion. The show had a successful tour of Europe inone of its appearances being at the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds in Italy. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Hhughes and Privacy Policy.

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. Archived from the original on June 10, The Three Wise Men were often played by prominent members of the black community in the neighboring area, and had no singing parts.

The show began with the theater completely darkened. Views Read Edit View history.

Black Nativity is a retelling of the classic Nativity story with an entirely black cast. Retrieved from ” https: Ina documentary film was made about the world natiivity performance, production, and creation of the best-selling gospel Christmas album Black Nativity — In Concert: Total Experience Gospel Choir.


Traditional Christmas carols are sung in gospel style, with a few songs created specifically for the show. This page was last edited on 24 Novemberat Not Without Laughter A performance of this musical also has taken place every Christmas season since in Seattlefirst at the Intiman Theater and currently at the Moore Theater.

The show closed with the chorus singing a reprise of “Go Tell It on the Mountain” as they blacl out in darkness.

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Black Nativity in Rotterdam In Concert – A Gospel Celebration”. The birth of Jesus was one of the most dramatic aspects of the show. Archived from the original on April 18,