The film, Black Nativity (2014), is the major motion picture version of the original play written by poet Langston Hughes. The film is slated to feature an all-star cast of actors such as Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett and Jacob Latimore.
“Black Nativity was first produced on New York City’s Broadway on December 11, 1961. The original name for this play was, Wasn’t It a Mighty Day? You might also find it interesting that original cast members like Alvin Ailey and Carmen de Lavallade quit the production before opening day because they objected to the use of the word “black” in the title. The rationale at the time was that this word might be too divisive for a Broadway production aimed at keeping things harmonious with all audiences.
Ultimately, black in the title did not matter. This liberating and energetic musical opened to rave reviews. When the New York production ended, Black Nativity toured Europe. It was very well received in 1962 at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. Keep in mind that Langston Hughes—besides being a poet, journalist, memoir writer, novelist, and short story writer—also wrote more than twenty plays and other musicals.”