By Hank Russell
Published: November 11 2011
Performance Is Dedicated to Show's Creator, James Stovall
CSong, Inc. is proud to bring back "Nativity: A Life Story" to The Riverside Church in Harlem on December 2. The church is located at 490 Riverside Drive in New York. The performance starts at 8 p.m.
Set to music, dance and interpretive reading, "Nativity: A Life Story" is the story of Mary, the Immaculate Conception and her passion for her husband, Joseph, on the day she discovers womanhood through the Holy Spirit. The birth of Jesus is a miraculous story that has been told in many books. Now, Mary's story has been brought to life in this production that chronicles her adolescent days to conception.
Two-time Tony Award winner Lillias White returns as one of the featured artists. This celebrity cast also includes Audelco Award winner Ebony Jo-Ann, R&B;/jazz recording artist Allyson Williams, Priscilla Baskerville of The Metropolitan Opera Company and NAACP Image Award winner Lou Meyers as Herod. The story is narrated by Michele Sorel and Tyrone Aiken.
"Nativity: A Life Story" is directed by Mel Williams, with choreography by La Michael Leonard, I-Ling Lu and Antonio Brown of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and under the musical direction of Joseph Joubert (orchestra director of "Billy Elliot" and "The Color Purple").
"It should be a great event," said Lauren P. Raysor, author of "Living The Wealthy Life." "I am glad to see this return to The Riverside Church. It is a powerful story with outstanding musical and dance performances from some of the biggest names in theater. Since this is for only one night, I urge everyone who did not see last year's show to come out this year. You will be truly amazed."
This one-night performance is dedicated to the life of James Stovall, creator of this spectacular event. Tickets are $50 for VIPs, $25 for general admission. Group rate is $20 per ticket.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call (914) 512-5395 or visit www.nativityalifestory.com.
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