THE APOLLO THEATER Presents THE CLASSICAL THEATRE OF HARLEM’S THE FIRST NOEL For Holiday Season

The First Noel Gets 10-Show Limited Run At The Apollo Theater For The Holidays

The Apollo Theater collaborates with the Classical Theatre of Harlem to bring you The First Noel for 10 performances. Due to its success, last year, The First Noel will be performed on the legendary Apollo stage for the theater’s first limited-run holiday production under it’s “Holidays at the Apollo” program.

The First Noel revolves around the character Noel, who has flashbacks of her childhood recalling a Christmas of the past.  Flashing back to Harlem in 1985 to a young Noel and her desire for Christmas in a house where holiday joy is unwelcome following the tragic loss of a loved one. First Noel looks at how the Holiday spirit helps to heal the family. Through original music and classic carols re-imagined – using pop, jazz and gospel songs – The First Noel delivers the Holiday spirit to audiences in a fresh, new way.

The play mixes holiday classics with an urban feel. Think jingle bells with a jazzy tune. Pop and gospel will also be incorporated. The theatrical extravaganza features theater veteran Tina Fabrique along with an amazing cast.

Preview performances will be held on December 10th and 11th, leading up to opening night on Tuesday December 13th.

Lelund Durong Thompson, the founder of YellaFella Entertainment, and Jason Michael Webb, who worked on Motown: The Musical, Violet and The Color Purple, wrote an original book, the music and lyrics for the production. Steve H. Broadnax III, who worked for Dominique Morisseau’s Blood and the Root, serves as the director and Brian Harlan Brooks, who worked on Motown: The Musical, serves as choreographer for the First Noel.

In addition to the aforementioned Tina Fabrique, the show features Brian D. Coats, Tina FabriqueAshley Ware Jenkins, Donald King Jr, Lizan Mitchell, Ken Robinson, Soara-Joye RossNia CaesarZariah Singletary, James AlexanderAngela BirchettJesse CorbinDarius Crenshaw, Tamara Jade Fingal, Ayana George, Latrisa A. HarperAdam HyndmanSarita Amani Nash, Drew ShadeTiffany WebbHelen White.

Preview performances will be held on December 10th and 11th, leading up to opening night on December 13th.

The 10-show performance schedule for THE FIRST NOEL is:

Saturday, December 10 at 7:30pm
Sunday, December 11 at 5pm early evening
Monday, December 12 (DARK)
Tuesday, December 13 at 7:30pm (OPENING NIGHT)
Wednesday, December 14 at 2pm matinee
Wednesday, December 14 at 7:30pm
Thursday, December 15 at 7:30pm
Friday, December 16 at 7:30pm
Saturday, December 17 at 2pm matinee
Saturday, December 17 at 7:30pm
Sunday, December 18 at 2pm matinee

The production is part of the “Holidays at the Apollo” family-friendly programming series.

Tickets are available at The Apollo Theater Box Office: 212-531-5305 (253 West 125th Street) and via Ticketmaster.com: 1-800-745-3000. Group Sales: 212-531-5355. Tickets range in price from $30 – $65. Apollo Advantage member pricing: $30 – $40.

To learn more, visit: https://www.apollotheater.org/firstnoel/


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