“Nativity: A Gospel Musical Explosion” Debuts at the Tivoli for Destiny Theatre Co.

Langston Hughes has been called the “Poet Laureate” of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s.      His play, “Black Nativity” was the first play by an African American to  run on Broadway in 1961.   Since then, it has continually been produced each holiday season in American theatres.    Langston’s story is a retelling of St. Luke’s from the Old Testament through music and poetic narrative with an African American cast.

Thomas Jones has written an adaptation of, “Black Nativity” for this year’s Destiny Theatre production.     The 2nd Act of Hughes’ play is set during a revival at a modern day church.    Jones’ adaptation opens with a church that has burned down.  As the congregation is seeking a new place to worship they are reminded of the Star of David and Bethlehem.   This sets the story for, “Nativity: A Gospel Musical Explosion.”

“Nativity: A Gospel Musical Explosion” is directed by Thomas Jones.    Sam Patton is the musical director and Dawn Axam is the choreographer.     The show opens on the Tivoli stage for two nights, Wednesday and Thursday, December 21st and 22nd, 2011.     A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Bethlehem Center for the children.

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

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