Black Nativity by Langston Hughes returns December 9-12, 2021 at the Marcus Center’s Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall.
Hughes’ joyous holiday musical is a testament to his timeless work, telling the story of the Nativity through a combination of scripture, poetry, dance and song from the African-American perspective.
This year’s production features a fresh post-pandemic take on Hughes’ song play. Director Dimonte Henning is a proud local native and well-known director and actor.
Henning says, “I like to use art as a way of expression and social reform. What inspires me is life. The triumphs, the tragedies of life. The Black community has faced tragedy, after tragedy, throughout this past year and a half. From economic disadvantages that have plagued our community for decades and that are clear as day, to unjustified police killings, to loss of life due to a pandemic. But the triumph in all of this is: We Are Still Here. Still Alive. Still Breathing. With the power in our hands to tell our own stories. Simply put, we are here because of Jesus and that’s something to celebrate.”
Returning with fresh new choreography, Christopher Gilbert will be returning for his third year along with fifth year Black Nativity veteran and music phenom Antoine Reynolds as music director.
Black Nativity by Langston Hughes is generously supported by BMO Harris Bank, Bader Philanthropies, Forest County Potawatomi Foundation, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Johnson Controls Foundation, and PNC Bank.
“COMMUNITY NIGHT” is December 9th, 2021
Tickets prices for December 9th:
$20 for Adults / $5 for 18 Years and Under
The Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is located at 929 North Water Street, between East State Street and East Kilbourn Avenue. The Marcus Center Parking Structure is located one block north of the Marcus Center, between East State Street, and East Highland Avenue. To access the parking structure, turn onto State Street from Water Street. The entrance is one block west of Water Street on the right.
Handicapped accessible stalls are available. For your convenience, there is a skywalk that crosses State Street from the parking structure to the Marcus Center. To access the skywalk from the parking structure, take the stairs or elevator in the southeast corner of the structure and go to the third floor (roof level).
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$15 after 3pm M-F and all day on weekends (Note: Rate may change for special events)
Overnight parking is not permitted
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There is an elevator located in the southeast corner of the Marcus Center Parking Structure that can be taken to the 3rd floor where a skywalk connects the parking structure to the Marcus Center. All entrances to the building, 929 N. Water Street (used to enter Uihlein Hall), 123 E. State Street (used to enter The Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall and the corporate offices), 127 E. State Street (used to enter the stage door) and the Riverwalk entrance (used to enter the Todd Wehr Theater) are wheelchair accessible.
American Sign Language Interpretation
The Marcus Center Broadway Series typically offers sign language-interpreted performances for the 2:00 p.m. Saturday matinees. If the show runs for more than one week, the signed performance would generally be on the first Saturday. If you are unable to attend the scheduled sign language interpreted performance, alternative arrangements can be made, depending on availability of interpreters. In order for arrangements to be made with a sign language interpreter, please notify the Marcus Center at least two weeks in advance of your performance.
Assistive Listening Devices
Uihlein Hall: Uihlein Hall assisted listening is transmitted via infrared. We have 2 receiving options available for our patrons: a stethophone infrared receiver, or the neck induction loop receiver for patrons with hearing aids equipped with a “T” coil.
The neck induction loop, used in conjunction with the body pack infrared receiver allows the user to receive wireless, clarified sound using our infrared listening system inside the theater. The technology is designed to work in conjunction with a person’s hearing aids. Note: The hearing aid must be equipped with a “T” switch or have a telecoil setting to use the neck induction loop.
The listening devices are distributed from the Public Information Office located on the north side of the Orchestra Level with a picture I.D.
Todd Wehr Theater: Stethophone infrared receivers are available that have a port that can accept a loop device plugged into it for patrons with hearing aids equipped with a “T” coil. We request a picture I.D.
Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall : The Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall listening system is transmitted via an FM radio signal. FM receivers with lightweight headphones are available with a picture I.D.
Audio Description Services
Broadway Series: Audio Description service is typically provided at the 2:00 p.m. Saturday matinee performances of our Broadway shows. Audio Receivers are distributed from the Public Information Office located on the north side of the Orchestra Level with a picture I.D. Please contact the Box Office to confirm dates for this service at 414-273-7206.
Braille and Large Print Programs
Braille and Large Print Programs are distributed from the Public Information Office located on the north side of the Orchestra Level for all Broadway shows and for performances of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
The Marcus Center Parking Structure is located on the corner of State and Water Streets. The parking structure holds fifteen accessible parking spaces, three of which are van accessible, for vehicles bearing handicapped parking stickers or license plates. Please ask the garage personnel to direct you to these parking spaces. Click this link for directions/parking information.
The Marcus Center provides wheelchair service. The best practice is to make a reservation for wheelchair service by contacting our theater management staff at 414.273.7121 ext. 311.
It is helpful to know the date that you are attending, the performance or event that you are attending, your time of arrival, the entrance that you will be using and your seat location.
First Stage: To make a reservation for wheelchair service for a performance of First Stage in Todd Wehr Theater, contact the First Stage house manager by dialing 414.273.7121 ext. 323.