After its 2015 premiere, the Classical Theatre of Harlem brings back its original holiday musical, which tells a universal story of love in a variety of song styles. More…
'The First Noel' follows three generations of a family affected by the tragic loss of a loved one. Time is slow to heal their wounds until an unexpected visit from Grandma reveals some long-absent Christmas joy. This story is 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 during the holiday season.
See it if you can overlook the plot heavy-handedness to enjoy the thoroughly earnest, terrifically performed Harlem Christmas tale that will move you.
Don't see it if you don't want to hear a team of incredibly talented vocalists that surpass most any you'll ever hear, especially Soara-Joye Ross.
See it if This story has a little of everything, so if you like to trigger all of your emotions while being entertained, this one will work for you.
Don't see it if Tired of a sad story that ends happily, skip this. I enjoyed it, but I'm a sap for happy endings. Brought tears to my eyes.
See it if You want to see a profound show with great vocals at the famous Apollo. Wonderful holiday show leaves you feeling warm.
Don't see it if If you a downtown snob who won't travel uptown, don't like holiday shows or are a Scrooge.
See it if The vocal talent & musicians are impressive but story is not engaging-- too many elements just underdeveloped & the characters uninteresting
Don't see it if Heavy handed on the gospel, which is pretty impressively executed, but if that's not your thing--don't bother
See it if you appreciate family drama, like Harlem/NYC stories, holiday music, and stories that mix past and present.
Don't see it if you dislike holiday musicals, gospel music, or drama involving personal tragedy.
See it if I loved everything about this play - story, singing, audience reaction. Left theater happy and with love in my heart
Don't see it if the location is not good for you. can't find other reasons