Following a sold-out run in 2015 on the Apollo’s intimate Soundstage, the Classical Theatre of Harlem moves to the Apollo’s Mainstage theater with this dynamic and moving musical, destined to become a family holiday favorite. The First Noel follows three generations of a Harlem family affected by the tragic loss of a loved one, when an unexpected visit reveals some long-absent Christmas joy. It is a story 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 at Christmas time. Jason Michael Webb (Motown: The Musical, Violet) and Lelund Durond Thompson (founder, YellaFella Entertainment and CTH Artistic Associate) along with director Steve H. Broadnax, III lead the artistic team.
The critically-acclaimed SOUL NATIVITY returns to Harlem School of the Arts! Conceived and directed by HSA’s Artistic Director Alfred Preisser and choreographed by renowned Theatre artist Otis Sallid, SOUL NATIVITY 2016 is a musical theatre extravaganza featuring song, dance, comedy that explores the story of the Nativity through a modern interpretation. The score is infused with Gospel, R&B, Pop, and Rock in an altogether original conception of a timeless story. Appropriate for all ages.
Guest performances by:
The Harlem Japanese Gospel Choir
Voices of the Flame
Aubrey Lynch II
Last night marked a Harlem beginning of a Brooklyn favorite. Madiba Harlem opened at MIST on 116th street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues after a week of soft openings and press events. Owner Mark Henegan was there pitching in to make sure guests were enjoying the South African fare, wines and hospitality.
Experience Harlem was invited to sample the menu and find our seat in the modern dining room, the bar and the re-imagined café and co-working space. A couple of glasses of South African red wine and a glide across the amply sized room, we were seated at a dark wood table adorned with Ball jars as water glasses, the best napkins ever and highly textured cushioned seats.
We started our tasting with Ujeque, a white paper bag of warm steambread served with the best peri peri sauce we’ve ever had, and farm-raised ostrich carpaccio with farm cheese and greens. For our entrees we sampled Mozambican prawns with yellow rice and Pap & Vleis, petite grilled lamb chops with a firm white cornmeal porridge. Servers were also sampling Mabida’s hot samosas and fried salmon cakes.
Our sweet ending had to be Jenny’s Malva pudding, a spongy Dutch apricot cake reminiscent of a sticky toffee pudding, served with banana ice cream. Our after dinner beverage, African Sunrise, made with Prosecco and guava juice will be the perfect addition to their future brunch menu.
Welcome to the neighborhood. We will see you soon!