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Black Nativity starts Christmas holiday season with message of love

Scene from gospel musical Black Nativity playing Dec. 2-19 at The Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech. Credit: Dominion Entertainment Group

Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes originally wrote the 1961 off-Broadway musical.

By Allison Joyner

Holiday gospel musical Black Nativity comes back to Atlanta with a modern twist on the classic Christmas Story.

Scene from gospel musical Black Nativity playing Dec. 2-19 at The Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech.
Credit: Dominion Entertainment Group

Director Robert John Conner portrays the story of Jesus Christ’s birth from a Black cultural perspective. With limited showings available, theatergoers need to move quickly to experience this reimagining.

Official flyer for Black Nativity playing at The Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech Dec. 2-19.
Credit: Dominion Entertainment Group

“This production is a strong adaptation of the original show,” Connor told SaportaReport, “much of what I’ve added in regards to writing and additional music and choreography.”

Sunday Best All-Star winner Dathan Thigpen said he enjoyed working with Connor. “He’s adapted his flavor to [the show] where he has old school gospel and new school gospel and then he has dance, he has African dance and he even has classical and choral-type music in this as well.”

 

 

Thigpen will team up with other well-known names. Latrice Pace from the legendary gospel group The Pace Sisters graces the stage as well as Joseph Clark from the gospel group, Resound who also performed on America’s Got Talent.

“The central message is about the love of Christ and why God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son,” said Connor.

Scene from gospel musical Black Nativity playing Dec. 2-19 at The Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech.
Credit: Dominion Entertainment Group

Black Nativity will be playing at the newly remodeled Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech from Dec. 2 to 19 for 15 shows only. Connor and his production company, Dominion Entertainment Group, are currently in talks to stream the production after the last show. 

To purchase tickets, log onto the Ferst Center’s website.

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