Already closed | 1h 30m | Harlem

The First Noel

From 7 member  reviews
Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing, Emotional

About the show

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. 

1h 30m | Already closed | Apollo Theater (Harlem)


December 15th, 2016
"The good news is that the vocalists and the band are still terrific. But the show has also retained the flaws it had the first time around, and gained some new ones in the larger space...The score, a pop-gospel-jazz mix of original and classic songs, is the pulse of the piece. But when the music...
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December 13th, 2016
"The symbolism, like the plot itself, is more than a little heavy-handed…But if you can get past this, and the rather hokey framing device, ‘The First Noel’ is a powerful story that's anything but hackneyed. The writers don't shy from addressing genuine anguish that comes from a believable place…...
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December 27th, 2016
"Each and every actor was simply fabulous…though there were moments between scenes of the different generations of the family that didn’t quite transition smoothly every time...There are many joyous moments with a good sprinklings of jokes, but the show's most powerful, hair-on-the-back-of-your-n...
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December 13th, 2016
"The plot is formulaically sweet, if a little predictable. But it’s not necessarily the story that draws you in…Throughout the show, the ensemble buoys the performance with choreography and musical numbers that can range from pop to gospel to Christmas carols...The ensemble helps make this show v...
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