The Classical Theatre of in collaboration with The Apollo Theater presents:
The First Noel: A World Premiere Musical
Book, Music, and Lyrics by
Lelund Durond Thompson and
Jason Michael Webb
Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III
Choreographed by Brian Harlan Brooks
featuring New Music and Classic Carols re-imagined through pop, jazz, and gospel
About The First Noel
After losing her mother around Christmas, Noel decides to return to Harlem and sell her childhood home. When she steps back inside the brownstone, the spirits of her family that passed before her begin to speak, making her decision to sell even more difficult than she anticipated. The First Noel is a memory musical that flashes us back to Harlem in 1985 and follows the story of a Noel as a child and her desire for Christmas in a house where holiday joy has been unwelcome for years. Her parents struggle to recover from the death of their first child until an unexpected visitor turns things upside-down and brings three generations of the family together just in time for Christmas. The First Noel delivers the Christmas spirit to audiences with the sound of today blended with the holiday nostalgia of yesterday, creating Harlem’s answer to the perennial Holiday classic.
Friday, December 11, 2015 at 7 pm
Saturday December 12, 2015 at 7 pm
Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 7 pm
December 15th – 31st, 2015
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Jack Dorsey is a co-founder of Twitter and founder and CEO of mobile payments processor Square.
He will appear at the Apollo Theater next week as part of Square’s nationwide “Let’s Talk” series.
The goal is to bring small businesses together to create a climate of collaboration.
“There is an electricity in Harlem especially around merchants who helped to stabilize the neighborhood,” said Dorsey, who added he visited Red Rooster just a few months ago. “We believe its our responsibility to not just build services and software but to make sure there is a venue for conversations.”
Seven Brown, owner of Harlem Skin Clinic, will sit on the panel along with the owners of Astor Row Cafe, Hue-Man Bookstore and the executive director of Maysles Institute.
The Harlem “Lets Talk” event will take place Tuesday, Dec. 17, starting at 6 p.m. at the Apollo Theater, 253 W 125th Street. Small business owners can RSVP here.
via Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey Brings Small Business Talk to Harlem – Central Harlem – DNAinfo.com New York.
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New York’s official marketing and tourism organization NYC and Company‘s latest “Neighborhood X Neighborhood” unveiled its latest campaign on Wednesday highlighting Harlem and Washington Heights , including a multipage article on Harlem’s Foodie Renaissance and a Destination:Harlem page that includes hotspots both legendary and new alike, including the Apollo Theater, the Schomburg Center, Aloft Harlem, Sylvia’s , Amy Ruth’s, Red Rooster, Chez Lucienne, Bier International , Billie’s Black, and the Studio Museum.
“The Harlem and Washington Heights communities have rich cultural legacies that continue to thrive,” said Deputy Cultural Affairs Commissioner Margaret Morton. “From the iconic stages at the Apollo Theater and Harlem Stage, to the rich collections of the Cloisters and Studio Museum, arts organizations in these neighborhoods provide extraordinary opportunities for visitors and residents to engage with a wide range of unique cultural activities.”
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Grammy award winning American jazz singer Sarah Vaughan was described as having “one of the most wondrous voices of the 20th century.”
Biographies of Vaughan frequently stated that she was immediately thrust into stardom after a winning amateur night performance at Harlem‘s Zeus Theater. In fact, Vaughan was frequently accompanied by a friend, Doris Robinson, on her trips into New York City. Sometime in the fall of 1942 (when Sarah was 18 years old), Vaughan suggested that Robinson enter the Apollo Theater Amateur Night contest. Vaughan played piano accompaniment for Robinson, who won second prize. Vaughan later decided to go back and compete herself as a singer. Vaughan sang “Body and Soul” and won. The prize, as Vaughan recalled later to Marian McPartland, was $10 and the promise of a week’s engagement at the Apollo. After a considerable delay, Vaughan was contacted by the Apollo in the spring of 1943 to open for Ella Fitzgerald. Of course the rest is history.
Here is Sarah Vaughan singing “Shadow Of Your Smile” in 1964.
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If you want to see some world class jump rope, check out the Double Dutch Holiday Classic this Sunday, December 7th from 1 – 4 pm at Harlem’s APOLLO Theatre. If you’ve never seen competitive Double Dutch, you are in for a treat. The classic schoolyard game played with two ropes turned in eggbeater fashion by two players while a third player jumps was revitalized in the mid-seventies by David A. Walker, then a New York City Police Community Affairs Detective, and his partner Detective Ulysses Williams. They turned Double Dutch into a competitive team sport and held the first tournament, right here in New York City, in 1974. Over the past 35 years, competitive Double Dutch has expanded with thousands of young people from schools and community centers throughout the United States competing at national and international events.
This year’s DD Holiday Classic is dedicated to David Walker who passed away earlier this year. Come and watch the world’s best performing the Fusion Freestyle approach that Walker invented. The event is sponsored by the National Double Dutch League.
Tickets are $22 and can be obtained at:
Apollo Theatre Box Office
253 West 125 Street
New York, NY 10027
(Between Adam ClaytonPowell & Frederick Douglass Boulevards)
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