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Black Nativity

Get your tickets now for The National Center of Afro-American Artists’ 38 th season of Langston Hughes’

Black Nativity
A gospel song-play

Tremont Temple
88 Tremont Street
Boston , MA

Nov. 30
Dec. 1 @ 3:30 & 8:00
Dec. 2 @ 3:30

Dec. 7 @ 8:00
Dec. 8 @ 3:30 & 8:00
Dec. 9 @ 3:30

Dec. 14 @ 8:00
Dec. 15 @ 3:30 & 8:00
Dec. 16 @ 3:30

Tickets are $41.00, $32.50 and $25.00. To purchase tickets, call (617) 423-6000. For groups of 20 or more, call (617) 585-6366.

For more information, call
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A scene from "Black Nativity

Boston’s National Center of Afro-American Artist’s production of Hughes' song-play is the longest running performance in the world!

Combining gospel music and song with dance and poetry, this unforgettable rendition of the Christmas story is a delight for the entire family. Black Nativity continues the tradition of Elma Lewisthe founder of the National Center of Afro-American Artists.


The cast of professional singers, dancers and dramatic readers and talented amatuer performers, community dignitaries, and children come from a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences.

Langston Hughes, one of America's most important poets of the 20th century, created Black Nativity as a telling of the Christmas story from a black point of view.

Drawing on folk and popular songs, traditional seasonal music, and Biblical narratives, Hughes crafted an animated yet uniquely rich song-play celebrating the message of "Joy to the World" and "peace on earth to men of goodwill". His production of Black Nativity first appeared on Broadway in the mid-l960s.

When the NCAAA began its production in l970, it brought additional inventiveness to the song-play, reinterpreting it with a cast of both children and adults, using a live newborn baby for the Christ child, and choreographing the birth of the Babe into the show itself.

In the spirit of Langston's original innovation, the NCAAA has brought new dimensions to Black Nativity which have stamped the brilliance of its production over the past 35 years and has made it a classic for the holiday season in New England.

A scene from "Black Nativity"
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