A Band of Angels, adapted from the book by Deborah Hopkinson, examines important issues concerning race and education and will feature traditional African-American rituals which will be performed a cappella. Performances will run April 25-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. It will also honor 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 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 a 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.