Black Nativity Retells the Nativity Story Set to Jubilant Gospel Music, Dramatic Dance, Black Vernacular, and Biblical Narrative. Traditional Christmas Carols Are Sung in Gospel Style, with a Few Songs Created Specifically for the Show. Originally Written by Langston Hughes, the Show Was First Performed Off-broadway in 1961 and Was One of the First Plays Written by an African- American to Be Staged There. Since 1970, Black Nativity Has Been Performed Annually in Boston Where It Has Been Re-imagined and Profoundly Stamped by National Center of Afro-American Artists (Ncaaa) Artistic Director Elma Lewis, Music Director John Andrew Ross, and Choreographer George Howard. In the Spirit of Their Innovations, the Show Feels New Every Year.