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Inspirational A Cappella Tribute


  • Credits

    Written and Directed by
    Tazewell Thompson

    Vocal Arrangements and
    Music Direction
    Dianne Adams McDowell

  • Location

    The Kreeger Theater

“[Thompson] is a known showman with a gift for theatricality.”

– The Washington Post

Jubilee is generously sponsored by ExelonAndrew R. Ammerman; Lucia Riddle; Dr. Donald Wallace Jones, Dr. Betty Jean Tolbert Jones and Tracey Tolbert Jones

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” (The 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.


Coming soon.


Tazewell Thompson

Playwright and Director

Dianne Adams McDowell

Vocal Arrangements and Music Direction

In The News

Washington Post

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American Theatre Magazine

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The 69th lineup at the Washington, D.C. venue will also include the a cappella musical Jubilee and Junk.

Accessible Performances

Audio Described
Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 2 p.m. purchase

Open Captioned
Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 8 p.m. purchase
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. purchase
Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 2 p.m. purchase


Post-Show Discussions
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 12 p.m.
Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 12 p.m.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 12 p.m.
Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.