Black Nativity returns to Phoenix stage through December


Last season’s sold-out, legendary holiday event by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes returns to the Black Theatre Troupe stage in Phoenix.

Each year, the production of Black Nativity features new musical selections and text, filled with dynamic gospel choruses, soloists and dance ensembles, according to a press release.

Black Nativity will be performed from Dec. 6-22 at the Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St. Tickets are $41,

This new production of Black Nativity aims to be a theatrical wonderment. A company of singers, actors, dancers and musicians delivers a message of joy, hope, victory and liberation.

Black Nativity is directed by Walter Belcherl with choreography by Alexander Patrick. The music staff for Black Nativity is comprised of Brenda Hankins, (musical direction) and Jennifer Robinson and George Johnson (musical supervision).

First produced in December 1961 at New York’s 41st Street Theatre, Mr. Hughes wrote an eight-page script around a series of traditional gospel songs. Upon its premiere, Black Nativity became and has remained an international success, a release states.

Showtimes will be at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays throughout the play’s run. There will also be showings at 2 p.m. on Dec. 12, 14 and 21. Showtimes on Sundays will be at 2:30 p.m.