Jubilee at Arena Stage Bruce Hutchinson
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The world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers shattered racial barriers in the U.S. and abroad, entertaining kings and queens. For centuries, the bold a capella African American ensemble born on the campus of Fisk University has blended their rich voices together sharing a heritage of suffering, strength and endurance. “A known showman” with a “gift for stirring theatricality” (Washington Post), playwright and director Tazewell Thompson brings an innovative and heart-stirring score to life in this world premiere. With uplifting spirituals and hymns including “Wade in the Water,” “Ain’t That Good News,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen,” this a capella musical with more than three dozen songs is sure to ignite audiences.

Production Information

Approximate Running Time
120 minutes


Mabel Lewis
Ella Sheppard
Jennie Jackson
Georgia Gordon
Frederick Loudin
Thomas Rutling
Maggie Porter
America Robinson
Isaac Dickerson
Greene Evans
Benjamin Holmes
Edmund Watkins

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