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

Archived from the original on April 18, Views Read Edit View history. The birth of Jesus was one of the most dramatic aspects of the show.

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Way Down South A performance of this musical also has taken place every Christmas season since in Seattlefirst at the Intiman Theater and currently blakc the Moore Theater. Barefoot singers clad only in white robes and carrying electric candles walked in, singing the classic hymn ” Go Tell It on the Mountain “. Black Nativity in Rotterdam By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


Retrieved July 9, Traditional Christmas carols are sung in gospel style, with a few songs created specifically for the show. Originally written by Langston Hughesthe show was first performed Off-Broadway on December 11,and was natkvity of the first plays written by an African American to be staged there. Use mdy dates from March Alvin Ailey was a part of the original Off-Broadway cast, blaxk he and Carmen de Lavallade departed from the show prior to its opening, in a dispute over the title being changed to Black Nativity.

In Concert – A Gospel Celebration”. The stage, previously lit with orange and blue lights, was bathed in a deep red hue. The Three Wise Men were often played by prominent members of the black community in the neighboring area, and had no singing parts.

Black Nativity

Total Experience Gospel Choir. A final soliloquy by a young child ended the performance.

The theatrical director is Jackie Moscou, the music director is Patrinell Wright, and the choreography was designed by Donald Byrd. The show began with the blxck completely darkened.


Black Nativity is a retelling of the classic Nativity story with an entirely black cast. Ina documentary film was made about the world premiere performance, production, and creation of the best-selling gospel Christmas album Black Nativity — In Concert: Archived from the original on July 1, The show closed with the chorus singing a reprise of “Go Tell It on the Mountain” as they walked out in darkness.

The New York Times. Archived from the original on June 10, Retrieved from ” https: Mary’s contractions were echoed through the use of African drums and percussion.

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Not Without Laughter Traditional gospel spirituals chosen by Langston Hughes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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