THE APOLLO THEATER PRESENTS
THE CLASSICAL THEATRE OF HARLEM'S
THE FIRST NOEL
Book, Music and Lyrics by Lelund Durond Thompson & Jason Michael Webb
Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III
Choreography by Brian Harlan Brooks
The Classical Theatre of Harlem returns after a successful run last holiday season with The First Noel, in collaboration with the Apollo. This Harlem-based holiday musical features music that crosses genres—from pop to jazz to gospel — to tell a universal story of love and belonging. This presentation follows three generations of a Harlem family affected by the tragic loss of a loved one. Time is slow to heal this family’s wounds until an unexpected visit from Grandma reveals some long-absent Christmas joy. This story is about how a community is healed, one family at a time, as everyday people do extraordinary things to help one another receive the gift of love during the holiday season.
The company of The First Noel will star Brian D. Coats as “Skeeter,” Tina Fabrique as “Grandmother Ethel,” Ashley Ware Jenkins as “Noel,” Donald King Jr as “Benny Raindrop,” Lizan Mitchell as “Lou,” Ken Robinson as “Henry,” Soara-Joye Ross as "Deloris," with Nia Caesar and Zariah Singletary as “Young Noel.” The ensemble features James Alexander, Angela Birchett, Jesse Corbin, Darius Crenshaw, Tamara Jade Fingal, Ayana George, LaTrisa A. Harper, Adam Hyndman, Sarita Amani Nash, Drew Shade, Tiffany Webb and Helen White.