Community Calendar December 12 - December 18

Imhotep Gary Byrd | 12/12/2019, 5:16 p.m.
Check out what's going on around the city this week.
Michael Benjamin Washington in 'Fires In The Mirror'

Greetings! Our December GBE “Black Family Month” and the holidays are in motion as the World Famous Apollo Theater announces its 2019 winter season featuring an exciting new lineup of concerts, film screenings, dance, theatrical performances and more. Check below and for more info, visit: www.apollotheatre.org.

Eleven-year-old Charlotte Nebres is making history as the first Black ballerina to play Marie in the New York City BalletGeorge Balanchine production of “The Nutcracker” since it launched in 1954. Nebres is one of two alternating in the role, which is usually double cast. Her mother is from Trinidad and her father from the Philippines. See also: “Hip Hop Nutcracker” (“DANCE”)

With Nelson Mandela’s death (Dec. 5, 2013) commemorated worldwide, a work in progress, “Mandela,” a new musical about the renowned global icon’s life, is generating quite a buzz.

THEATER

“Fires in the Mirror” is a re-imagining—with new performers and collaborators—of Anna Deavere Smith’s Drama Desk award winning groundbreaking response to a civil outbreak. The work reveals the underlying racial tensions in the nestled Brooklyn community of Crown Heights during the summer of 1991. This landmark play launches Anna Deavere Smith’s Residency 1 at Signature Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre. Through Dec.15. Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd St., Manhattan; for more information, call: 212-244-7529 or visit www.signaturetheatre.org.

“Slave Play” comes to Broadway. Written by Jeremy O. Harris, directed by two-time NAACP and OBIE Award winner Robert O’Hara. The Old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation—nothing is as it seems, and yet everything is as it seems ripping apart history to shed new light on the nexus of race, gender, and sexuality in the 21st-century. For more information, visit: www.slaveplaybroadway.com

“Tina: The Tina Turner Musical” written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, directed by Phyllida Lloyd. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 West 46th St, Manhattan. The ‘Queen of Rock n Roll,’ in performances now; Tony Award and Olivier Award nominee Adrienne Warren (“Shuffle Along”) is cast in the title role, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe as Tina at select performances Daniel J. Watts as Ike Turner. For information, visit: www.ticketmaster.com

“Ain’t Too Proud” celebrates The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, written by three-time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau. Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street, Manhattan. For information, call: 844-379-0370 or visit: www.secureboxoffice.com

“Hip Hop Nutcracker” Celebrate the season with an original holiday extravaganza, which reimagines the traditional Tchaikovsky ballet with explosive urban choreography. Featuring rap legend Kurtis Blow as special guest MC. Fri.–Sat. Dec. 20-21 at NJ Performing Arts Center, Prudential Hall, 1 Center Street, Newark, NJ 07102. For information, call:888-GO-NJPAC

DANCE

New York City Ballet “The Nutcracker” now at David H Koch Theatre NY. For performance schedules and tickets, call: 212-496-0600 or visit www.davidkochtheatre.com

MUSIC

“Holiday Joy: A Gospel Celebration,” Sat., Dec. 21 at 4 p.m. Let the music lift your spirit this Christmas season. Grammy-award winning singer Yolanda Adams returns to the Apollo for a soul-stirring holiday concert with gospel artist Donald Lawrence and comedic host Marcus Wiley. visit: www.apollotheatre.org.