The staff at UrbanEventsAZ recently had the opportunity to attend Black Nativity presented by The Black Theater Troupe.
Black Nativity is a retelling of the classic Nativity story with an entirely black cast.
Traditional Christmas carols are sung in gospel style, with a few songs created specifically for the show. Originally written by Langston Hughes , the show was first performed Off-Broadway on December 11, 1961, and was one of the first plays written by an African American to be staged there. Source: Wikipedia
The performance did not disappoint in any respect. The Ensemble performed 17 songs in Act I beginning with The Angel Descends to Joy to the World to Oh Holy Night and ending with Amen.
After a brief 15 minute Intermission, the Ensemble came back and performed a beautiful medley of 15 traditional gospel spirituals that completely filled the auditorium with such classics as I Love the Lord, I Go to the Rock, Who Would imagine a King, Mary Did you Know, Safe in His Arms and ending with Call Him Up. The spirit was most definitely felt throughout the theater as there was a lot of singing, clapping and true praise and worship from the entire audience.
We left this performance with uplifted spirits and a feeling that we’d just attended church service on a Sunday morning.
UrbanEventsAZ would like to thank the Black Theater Troupe for another outstanding performance and for the opportunity to experience the beauty of such creative talent throughout the entire ensemble.