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Feel-good ‘Black Nativity’ fits the season

From left, Jacob Latimore, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker star in “Black Nativity.”
From left, Jacob Latimore, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker star in “Black Nativity.”
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There’s something so decidedly old-fashioned about “Black Nativity,” an updating of the Christmas-themed musical written by poet Langston Hughes and first performed in 1961, that it feels like a small marvel to be watching it in 2013. It doesn’t matter that not all of the songs are memorable or that the performances are of varying success; the warm-hearted “Black Nativity” feels tailor-made to fit with the good tidings of the season. Beginning in contemporary Baltimore, ...


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