Theatre Mirror Reviews - "Black Nativity"

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"BLACK NATIVITY"

a gospel song-play by Langston Hughes
Executive Producer and Director … John Andrew Ross
Assistant Director … Voncille Ross
Choreographer … George Howard

Narrator (Special Guest) … Ruby Dee
Narrator (Principal) … Hon. Milton L. Wright; Voncille Ross
Narrator … Frederick Hayes
Narration … Sele ‘Fana Kamau; Azinga Ming
Mary … Shaynah Barnes; Toni S. Jackson; Desiree Springer-O’Neal
Joseph … Wyatt “Mo’ gee” Jackson; Joe Gonzalez; Frederick Hayes

with:

Voices of Black Persuasion and Children of Black Persuasion

Langston Hughes’ BLACK NATIVITY, now in its 36th season in Boston, remains as fresh and as joyous as ever. Mr. Hughes’ gospel song-play is exactly that: a celebration of the Coming and Birth of Christ, done with a minimum of plot and a maximum of song: hand-clapping, soul-stirring song. To debate whether BLACK NATIVITY is a musical, a concert or a mass is moot; it will sweep you up in its loving embrace and leave you as a round-eyed child learning the true meaning of Christmas --- spiritual, not material. I wouldn’t say BLACK NATIVITY is the one show you have to see this holiday season, but it is certainly the best one on which to end your holiday theatergoing.

"Black Nativity" (2 - 18 December)
NATIONAL CENTER OF AFRO-AMERICAN ARTISTS, INC.
Tremont Temple, 88 Tremont Street, BOSTON, MA
1 (617) 423-6000

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