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Holiday classic making return to Black Theatre Troupe in Phoenix

Langston Hughes’  retelling of the Nativity story through song, dance and poetry opens in December

Posted 10/20/22

Black Theatre Troupe’s holiday classic will return to the Phoenix stage.

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Holiday classic making return to Black Theatre Troupe in Phoenix

Langston Hughes’  retelling of the Nativity story through song, dance and poetry opens in December

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Black Theatre Troupe’s holiday classic will return to the Phoenix stage.

Since 1975, Black Theatre Troupe audiences have enjoyed “Black Nativity,” the legendary holiday event by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes.

First produced in December 1961 at New York’s 41st Street Theatre, 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, touching a special chord in the hearts of all at a very special time of the year.

Each year, Black Theatre Troupe’s production of this song-play features new musical selections to enhance the actors’ delivery of Hughes’ classic text. It’s filled with the sounds of some of the region’s best known gospel artists, choir and ensemble of dancers.

This company of performers with a backdrop of acclaimed musicians will again deliver the show’s message of joy, hope, victory and liberation. 

Performances of Black Theatre Troupe’s “Black Nativity” are December 2-18 at the Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center, 1333 E. Washington St., Phoenix.

Tickets are $46 and are available at blacktheatretroupe.org or by calling 602-258-8128.

“Black Nativity” is directed by Walter Belcher with choreography by Alexander Patrick. The creative team is comprised of Brenda Hankins (musical director), Tony Wheaton (musical supervisor) and George Johnson (assistant musical supervisor).

Visit blacktheatretroupe.org or call 602-258-8128 for information.

Black Theatre Troupe, Phoenix, Arizona, Black Nativity, Langston Hughes, Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center