A Band of Angels, adapted from the book by Deborah Hopkinson, examines important issues concerning race and education and features traditional African-American rituals, performed a cappella. Performances run through May 10 at Theatre 3.
The performances are in commemoration of both the tenth anniversary of the critically acclaimed musical and the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. The work also honors playwright Churchill, who passed away last year.
The musical focuses on Ella, a pop-culture obsessed teenager who is transported back in time to meet the Fisk Jubilee Singers, a choir founded after the Civil War at one of the first schools for freed slaves. Her journey allows her a new appreciation for black history and education.
"I am very excited that we are re-creating A Band of Angels for today's audiences," said New York City Children’s Theater artistic director Barbara Zinn Kreiger in an earlier statement. “The subject is as relevant today as it was ten years ago, perhaps even more so, and is a fitting tribute to Myla and all those who fight for quality education for all people."
For more information and to purchase tickets, nycchildrenstheater.org. Theatre 3 is located at 311 W. 43rd Street (bet. 8-9th Ave.), 3rd Floor.