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54 Below

A Nonprofit Cabaret Venue

Join us at 54 Below for Langston in Harlem, an innovative theater piece in concert that explores the Harlem Renaissance world of renowned poet Langston Hughes set to the music of Walter Marks.

Using the poet’s own words, Langston in Harlem offers audiences a musical journey into the life of this powerful literary figure, who, as a Black, gay man, became the voice of his people despite living in a society that sought to silence and shun him. This portrait is made more vivid and expressive by fusing Langston’s words with the music of the period; jazz, blues, gospel, ragtime, boogie, afro-Cuban, and Yoruba chant.

This exciting show features songs with Langston’s immortal poems set to music —”The Weary Blues,” “Jukebox Love Song,” “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” and “Harlem” (“A Dream Deferred”).


Tony Award® nominee Brenda Braxton (Smokey Joe’s CafeDreamgirlsChicago)
Tony Award® nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (HamiltonShuffle AlongMotown)
Jeremy Collier (30+ professionally staged operas and musical theater performances)
Garfield Hammonds (Jesus Christ Superstar national tour, Motown national tour)
David Jackson (Grand HotelLa Cage Aux Folles)
Anastacia McCleskey (Caroline, or ChangeWaitressPriscilla Queen of the Desert)
Jasmine Overbaugh (Rent national tour, Baby)
Nattalyee Randall 
(THE FUNCTION: A Juneteenth Concert Celebration)
Clyde Voce 
(Charlie and the Chocolate Factory national tour, The Color Purple national tour)
Virginia Woodruff (VioletThe Color Purple)

Langston in Harlem is produced by The Classical Theater of Harlem and directed by Jerry Dixon.

Please note that all artists and acts are subject to change at any time.

Past Performances

  • Thu, May 4 :7:00 pm
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