Black Nativity is a soul-stirring rendition of the Christmas Story that fills the theatre with thrilling voices, exciting dance and glorious gospel music. It is a powerful retelling of the Nativity story from an African-American perspective. The original Black Nativity was written in 1961 by poet Langston Hughes. The African-American viewpoint and gospel music make Black Nativity a unique performance piece. Often adapted, this one act version of the production will take the audience from a traditional black church to an Africanized Jerusalem through dance, powerful spirituals and anthems, and toe-tapping gospel numbers.The play tells the story of Mary and Joseph's journey through song and dance, culminating in a rousing finale surrounding the birth of Christ. The importance of the play is that, though an expression of Christian belief via the African-American perspective, the show appeals to all walks of life. Black Nativity is a well known holiday staple in many metropolitan areas including: New York, Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and Las Vegas.
My friend Ben is in it, learn more about him here:
Benjamin Moore, native Atlantan, has been praised for singing “warmly, elegantly [and] with a certain suavity” by Tim Smith of the Baltimore Sun. This year, Benjamin performed Tin Man in The Wiz and Ensemble in Hot Mikado with GLOW Lyric Theatre in Greenville, SC. Last year, he performed in the Americolor Opera Alliance Gala concert, and he performed the role Edward Chaney Phillips in the opera Carmen J, also with Americolor Opera Alliance. He was also seen as a Shepherd in Dominion Entertainment’s production of Black Nativity and is happy to return this year in the same role. Benjamin recently portrayed Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient and Civil Rights Activist C.T. Vivian with Americolor Opera Alliance. Past roles include Father in Hansel and Gretel, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Dandini in La Cenerentola, and the Customs Sergeant in La Bohème, all with Opera Colorado. Benjamin has also sung roles and performed with the American Opera Theatre, Maryland Opera Studio, Peabody Opera Theatre, and Greenville Pops Orchestra. Although Benjamin was classically trained in piano and voice, he is equally comfortable with other genres of music and has extensive performance experience in gospel music, jazz, and R&B. In addition to performing with numerous opera companies and orchestras, he has sung and recorded with several gospel artists including Kirk Franklin and Geoffrey Golden and continues to perform throughout the United States. Benjamin holds a B.M. in Music Education from Furman University and an M.M in Voice Performance from the Peabody Conservatory. Benjamin gives ALL glory and honor to his Savior Jesus Christ.
Listen to my favorite song from the performance below.