Black Nativity at Duke On 42nd Street
The Classical Theatre of Harlem presents Black Nativity, a gospel singing play by Langston Hughe, adapted by Alfred Preisser and starring Andrï¿½ De Shields (Narrator/Pastor), at the Duke On 42nd Street from 30 Nov - 30 Dec 2007.
De Shields Broadway credits include 'Prymate' (2004), 'The Full Monty' (2000),'Play On!' (1997), Ain't Misbehavin' (1978 and 1988 revival), Stardust (1987) and 'Andrï¿½ DeShield's Harlem Nocturne' (1994).
Black Nativity: Offers a colloquial retelling of the birth of Christ, rooted in the traditional music of the black church with gospel, R&B, soul and funk arrangements. Against a backdrop of lost souls and hustlers, a street corner preacher narrates the journey of a young girl who is looking for the elusive 'peace on earth.'
Directed by Alfred Preisser and choreographed by Tracy Jack, Black Nativity will also feature Enrique Cruz DeJesus (Joseph) and Tracy Jack (Mary), Rejinald Woods, Phyre Hawkins, Laiona Michelle, Melvin Bel III, Tryphena Wade, Nikki Stephenson, Alexander Elisa and Zoie Morri, joined by members of the Shangilia Childrenï¿½s Choir from Kenya. Shangilia (which means 'rejoice' in Swahili) is a world-renowned singing group.
The creative team comprises Troy Hourie (sets), Kimberly Glennon (costumes) and Aaron Black (lighting).
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