The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture presents Nativity: A Life Story, starring Stephanie Mills, Bebe Winans, and Phylicia Rashad. Inspired by the Langston Hughes holiday classic, Black Nativity, this award-winning, brilliant retelling of the Biblical Christmas story with African-American music and dance is presented in concert. The star-studded production features Tony Award winner Lillias White of The Life; Keith David of The Tiger Woods Story, and Freddie Jackson. The cast also features Ebony Jo-Ann, Denise Burse-Fernandez, Alyson Williams, Priscilla Baskerville, George Faison, the Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble directed by Bettye F. Forbes, the Broadway Inspirational Voices directed by Michael McElroy, and the Christ United Church Youth-in-Action Chorus.
The show is written by James Stovall (Ragtime, The Rocky Horror Show) and Hattie Winston (co-star of Becker on CBS), and directed by Stovall and choreographed by Shirley Black Brown. The music is arranged and orchestrated by Grammy Award winner Harold Wheeler, and musical direction is by Shelton Becton.