Black Nativity Boston

Black Nativity Boston Black Nativity is retelling of the Christmas story set to a jubilant score of gospel music, dance and narrative. Originally written by Langston Hughes. Black Nativity is a program of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Inc. @NCAAABoston
The textured, delicate voices of children and sonorous voices of adults have enthralled Boston audiences at performances of Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity since 1970. This year is no exception as the thunderous African drums herald the 2013 edition of the long running production of Black Nativity. Black Nativity is produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) as a gift from Boston’s black community to all men and women of “good will.” The 2014 Black Nativity has a new location at The Paramount Center - Emerson College, and we have more dates to choose from! Ticket prices are $45, $36, $32 Dates: Dec. 5, 6,12, 13, 19, 20 at 8:00 pm Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14,20, 21 at 3:30 pm For group rates or other information, call 617-585-6366. Our four decades of mounting Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity honors the conviction of NCAAA founder Elma Lewis and original Musical Director John Andrew Ross that spiritual and humane values have to be celebrated to build wholesome communities. NCAAA director Edmund Barry Gaither asserts “our cast of more than fifty embraces this perspective and has itself become an expansive family expressing these values.” Although a few cast members have performed every season, about one-quarter of the cast is new each year. The children, some performing publicly for the first time, are especially exciting as they prove again that they are the hope for our future. The famed Harlem Renaissance figure Langston Hughes was a close family friend to John Andrew Ross whose arrangements continue to anchor our production of Black Nativity under Executive Producer Voncille Ross and Co-Musical Directors Milton Wright and Marilyn Andry. The dramatic choreography of George Howard is interpreted anew by dance master Desiree Springer O’Neal.
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Wishing you a very Happy New Year from all of us at Black Nativity! 2020 marks the 50th year of Black Nativity in Boston...
01/01/2020

Wishing you a very Happy New Year from all of us at Black Nativity! 2020 marks the 50th year of Black Nativity in Boston. Beyond our normal shows in December, there will be plenty of events throughout the year! Stay tuned... #blacknativityboston #happynewyear
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Happy Holidays from all the cast and crew of Black Nativity! #blacknativityboston #happyholidays..#blacknativity #boston...
12/25/2019

Happy Holidays from all the cast and crew of Black Nativity! #blacknativityboston #happyholidays
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A big THANK YOU to all who came out and helped bring our 49th year together! It has been another fantastically successfu...
12/23/2019

A big THANK YOU to all who came out and helped bring our 49th year together! It has been another fantastically successful season of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity - hope to see you next year for our 50th! #blacknativityboston
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ONE CHANCE LEFT! This afternoon's matinee concludes our 49th season of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity at Emerson Colleg...
12/22/2019

ONE CHANCE LEFT! This afternoon's matinee concludes our 49th season of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity at Emerson College's Paramount Center. Already seen it? Come on back for a double dose of holiday cheer! #blacknativityboston
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We've got only 3 performances left in 2019: two today and one final show tomorrow! There's still time to get your ticket...
12/21/2019

We've got only 3 performances left in 2019: two today and one final show tomorrow! There's still time to get your tickets to one of the most joyous holiday celebrations in Boston - get your tickets at www.blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston
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It's curtain call for the final weekend of shows of our 49th season! It's been great so far, and we're looking forward t...
12/20/2019

It's curtain call for the final weekend of shows of our 49th season! It's been great so far, and we're looking forward to seeing you tonight at Emerson College's Paramount Center. Very limited tickets still available blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston
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Many thanks to The Providence Journal for their kind words! We kick off our final weekend TOMORROW. blacknativity.org
12/19/2019
Glorious 'Black Nativity' in Boston will make spirits soar

Many thanks to The Providence Journal for their kind words! We kick off our final weekend TOMORROW. blacknativity.org

Langston Hughes' gospel song-play retelling of the Nativity story is celebrating its 49th season in the city with an abundantly joyous production at the

Did you know that Alvin Ailey was part of the original Off-Broadway cast? He never performed as he left the show before ...
12/19/2019

Did you know that Alvin Ailey was part of the original Off-Broadway cast? He never performed as he left the show before it started but his influence in choreography can definitely be felt!
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What a phenomenal second weekend! Thanks to all who joined us for our joyous holiday celebrations. We still have 4 perfo...
12/17/2019

What a phenomenal second weekend! Thanks to all who joined us for our joyous holiday celebrations. We still have 4 performances left and only a few tickets remain! Tickets blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston
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We're halfway done through our 49th year of Black Nativity! Thanks to all who have joined us! We have had a fantastic ti...
12/15/2019

We're halfway done through our 49th year of Black Nativity! Thanks to all who have joined us! We have had a fantastic time and looking forward to seeing you again soon! We've got another show today at 3:30pm if you're looking for a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! #blacknativityboston
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We've got two shows today at Emerson College's Paramount Center at 3:30pm and 8:00pm! Looking for something to do? How a...
12/14/2019

We've got two shows today at Emerson College's Paramount Center at 3:30pm and 8:00pm! Looking for something to do? How about a jaw-dropping holiday extravaganza to put you in the holiday spirit? blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston
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It's SHOWTIME for our second weekend of the 49th season of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity! We've got another four perfo...
12/13/2019

It's SHOWTIME for our second weekend of the 49th season of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity! We've got another four performances this weekend beginning tonight. Tickets blacknativityboston.org #blacknativityboston
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Did you know that we use a real infant for our Baby Jesus? There's something about the unpredictability of a live baby t...
12/12/2019

Did you know that we use a real infant for our Baby Jesus? There's something about the unpredictability of a live baby that makes the show so much more exciting! If they cry...that's ok...if they laugh...that's ok! It's all part of the show! #blacknativity
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Many thanks to Voice of Reason Boston for having us on the show to talk about our 49th year!
12/12/2019

Many thanks to Voice of Reason Boston for having us on the show to talk about our 49th year!

Black Nativity Boston is in full swing for the holidays as they head into a double header at Emerson College's Paramount Center.
Get your tickets, hope you can join them!www.blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston

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What a great opening weekend! For those who joined us, we hope you enjoyed celebrating the holidays! If you couldn't mak...
12/10/2019

What a great opening weekend! For those who joined us, we hope you enjoyed celebrating the holidays! If you couldn't make it, tickets are still available for the next two weekends at www.blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston
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Our first weekend of Black Nativity continues! Will we see you at our matinee today? A few tickets are still available f...
12/08/2019

Our first weekend of Black Nativity continues! Will we see you at our matinee today? A few tickets are still available for the 3:30 show at blacknativity.org. #blacknativityboston
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After a great opening night, we're in full swing for the holidays as we head into a double header at Emerson College's P...
12/07/2019

After a great opening night, we're in full swing for the holidays as we head into a double header at Emerson College's Paramount Center. A few tickets remain, hope you can join us! www.blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston
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TONIGHT begins our 49th consecutive year of performances and we can't wait to celebrate the holidays with you! Tickets a...
12/06/2019

TONIGHT begins our 49th consecutive year of performances and we can't wait to celebrate the holidays with you! Tickets are still available at www.blacknativity.org #blacknativityboston
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Thanks WBUR 90.9 FM for the pick! If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, head to blacknativity.org to grab yours and jo...
12/05/2019
8 Boston Holiday Shows For New England Newcomers

Thanks WBUR 90.9 FM for the pick! If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, head to blacknativity.org to grab yours and join us for our 49th year!

These activities are great whether you're experiencing your first holiday season in Boston or have been a Bostonian your whole life.

You don't want to miss the this show! Join us this weekend at Emerson College's Paramount Center for Langston Hughes' Bl...
12/05/2019

You don't want to miss the this show! Join us this weekend at Emerson College's Paramount Center for Langston Hughes' Black Nativity! #blacknativityboston
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Many thanks to WGBH for the shoutout! We hope you'll join us for our 49th year. Tickets are still available at blacknati...
12/04/2019
20 Holiday Events Around Boston To Get Excited About

Many thanks to WGBH for the shoutout! We hope you'll join us for our 49th year. Tickets are still available at blacknativity.org.

It's getting cold outside, and Boston and its surrounding areas are making sure there is no shortage of ways to warm up with the holiday spirit. From Santa visits for the kids to spectacular performances and family-friendly tree lightings (yes, more than one), here are 20 festive events to look…

Did you know Langston Hughes' original name for this play was "Wasn’t It a Mighty Day?" We'd love for you to share a day...
12/03/2019

Did you know Langston Hughes' original name for this play was "Wasn’t It a Mighty Day?" We'd love for you to share a day (or night) with us! Tickets still available at blacknatvity.org
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12/03/2019
BNN News

Many thanks to BNN News for having us on the show to talk about our upcoming 49th year.

Edmund Barry Gaither of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) talks about the 49th annual production of Black Nativity Boston, with performances December 6-22 at the Emerson Paramount Center.

We're just FIVE DAYS away from showtime at the Paramount Center at Emerson College! Do you have your tickets yet? blackn...
12/01/2019

We're just FIVE DAYS away from showtime at the Paramount Center at Emerson College! Do you have your tickets yet? blacknativity.org
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ONE WEEK remains until our first show at The Paramount Center at Emerson College! Hope you can join us for an evening of...
11/30/2019

ONE WEEK remains until our first show at The Paramount Center at Emerson College! Hope you can join us for an evening of song, dance, and holiday spirit! Tickets available at blacknativity.org
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Come out to Emerson Paramount Center and see the longest running performance of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’...
11/29/2019

Come out to Emerson Paramount Center and see the longest running performance of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’ gospel song-play in the world! Tickets on sale for Black Nativity NOW at blacknativity.org
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Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving, from the entire cast and crew of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity! #happythanksgiv...
11/28/2019

Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving, from the entire cast and crew of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity! #happythanksgiving #blacknativityboston

The National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA), who produces our show, was founded by Dr. Elma Lewis. A native of ...
11/27/2019

The National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA), who produces our show, was founded by Dr. Elma Lewis. A native of Boston, she was one of the first recipients of a MacArthur Fellows Grant in 1981, and received a Presidential Medal for the Arts by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.
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We're just a month away from Christmas! Have you made your holiday plans yet? Join us for an evening filled with the hol...
11/25/2019

We're just a month away from Christmas! Have you made your holiday plans yet? Join us for an evening filled with the holiday spirit with Langston Hughes' Black Nativity, coming to Emerson College's Paramount Center!
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Don’t miss the 2019 season of Black Nativity, the Black community’s Christmas gift to the world, Dec 6-22! Tickets on sa...
11/24/2019

Don’t miss the 2019 season of Black Nativity, the Black community’s Christmas gift to the world, Dec 6-22! Tickets on sale at blacknativity.org.
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We can't believe we're reaching 49 years with this year's production! Hope you can join us. Tickets at blacknativity.org...
11/23/2019

We can't believe we're reaching 49 years with this year's production! Hope you can join us. Tickets at blacknativity.org.
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TWO WEEKS until showtime! Do you have your tickets yet? blacknativity.org..#blacknativity #boston #blacknativityboston #...
11/21/2019

TWO WEEKS until showtime! Do you have your tickets yet? blacknativity.org
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What is your favorite Black Nativity song? Tickets on sale now for our 49th season at blacknativity.org..#blacknativity ...
11/19/2019

What is your favorite Black Nativity song? Tickets on sale now for our 49th season at blacknativity.org
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Did you know the NCAAA, who produces our show, has a museum? The Museum of the NCAAA was founded in 1969 and it relocate...
11/18/2019

Did you know the NCAAA, who produces our show, has a museum? The Museum of the NCAAA was founded in 1969 and it relocated to its current location 300 Walnute Avenue in Roxbury in 1980.
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Dance is as much a vital part of our program as is song. Thanks to the extraordinary talent and grace of our cast, Black...
11/17/2019

Dance is as much a vital part of our program as is song. Thanks to the extraordinary talent and grace of our cast, Black Nativity is filled with lively dance numbers that evoke the holiday spirit! Tickets available at blacknativity.org.
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Black Nativity wouldn't be the same without the Children of Black Persuasion, who have been a part of our program for ye...
11/16/2019

Black Nativity wouldn't be the same without the Children of Black Persuasion, who have been a part of our program for years. This is a shot from a production several years ago. Don't miss their incredible talent coming to the Paramount Center in December! Tickets blacknativity.org
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It's officially 3 weeks til showtime! Stay tuned for Cyber Monday savings and upcoming events! #blacknativityboston..#bl...
11/15/2019

It's officially 3 weeks til showtime! Stay tuned for Cyber Monday savings and upcoming events! #blacknativityboston
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Before publishing Black Nativity in 1961, playwright, poet, and author Langston Hughes was first published in 1921. Come...
11/14/2019

Before publishing Black Nativity in 1961, playwright, poet, and author Langston Hughes was first published in 1921. Come see one of his most renowned works live at Emerson College's Paramount Center in December! Tickets blacknativity.org
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Join our amazing company of singers, actors, dancers and musicians for the 49th season of Langston Hughes' Black Nativit...
11/13/2019

Join our amazing company of singers, actors, dancers and musicians for the 49th season of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity. Tickets on sale now at blacknativity.org.
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Will you be joining us in December? Tickets on sale now at blacknativity.org!..#blacknativity #boston #blacknativitybost...
11/12/2019

Will you be joining us in December? Tickets on sale now at blacknativity.org!
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Our production is produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) - did you know NCAAA was founded in 1...
11/10/2019

Our production is produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) - did you know NCAAA was founded in 1968 by Dr. Elma Lewis, and she remained its Artistic Director until her passing in 2004?
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Did you know this is our 49th year of production? We're the longest running performance of Harlem Renaissance poet Langs...
11/09/2019

Did you know this is our 49th year of production? We're the longest running performance of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’ song-play in the world! Join us in December, tickets are available at blacknativity.org.
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Our wonderful cast is a blend of adults, children, song, and dance. Come celebrate the holidays with us at Emerson Colle...
11/09/2019

Our wonderful cast is a blend of adults, children, song, and dance. Come celebrate the holidays with us at Emerson College's Paramount Center! Tickets available at blacknativity.org
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Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity

Produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Black Nativity is the joyous account of an historic event that occurred 2,000 years ago. It’s a celebration that tells the original story of the Nativity in scripture, verse, music and dance. Based on the Gospel of St. Luke, combined with the poetry of Langston Hughes, this song-play touches a special chord in the hearts of all.

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The performances on Friday, December 13th and Sunday, December 15th will be ASL interpreted. Spread the word!
Trying to remember the real meaning of Christmas?
The best way to enter the joy of the Christmas season- Black Nativity.
Why not make plans early to see this years perforrmance?
Saw this amazing production recently;such a moving and joyful show!