By Charlie Smalls and William F. Brown
October 12 – November 19, 2016

“Ease on Down the Road” to this magical, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical. Loosely based on the original Wizard of Oz story, this version is a big, splashy, soulful rock happening as seen through the African-American lens. The marvelous Motown sound and fast-paced action will have you believing that anything is possible.




Adapted and directed by Nate Jacobs
November 30 to December 23, 2016

Back by popular demand
Audiences love Black Nativity and consider this joyous show a not-to-miss holiday tradition. It is a celebration of the Nativity story with gospel, blues, spiritual, and Christmas music, paired with the poetry of Langston Hughes and the creativity of WBTT. Children and adults alike will be enthralled by this high-energy, theatrical wonderment.

Black Nativity is not included in the season subscription.



January  11- February 18,  2017

It’s the Depression era and an impoverished black family argues over an heirloom piano that their enslaved grandfather carved with figures representing their rich history. Should they honor their past by keeping it or improve their economic future by selling it? This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama explores the universal issues of family, history, and survival. Considered one of Wilson’s most powerful and eloquent plays.

Some adult language and themes



Created and directed by Nate Jacobs
World premiere
March 1 – April 8, 2017

WBTT steps back into the golden age of girl groups. The Shirelles, The Marvelettes, The Supremes, and The Shangri-Las were some of the “leaders of the pack” who created “heat waves” in the music industry with such hits as “Please Mr. Postman,” “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” and “Stop! In The Name Of Love.” You’ll leave the theatre “Dancing in the Street!”



By David Bottrell and Jessie Jones
April 19 – May 27, 2017

You’ll “die laughing” in this delightful and heartwarming comedy about the dysfunctional Turpins who gather in their rural Southern home for the patriarch’s funeral. The family’s laugh-out-loud, zany antics may remind you of people you know who are, hopefully, not your relatives. As replicated in the 2001 film version, Kingdom Come, starring Whoopi Goldberg and LL Cool J, family situations are seldom tidy, but often extremely funny.  

Some adult language and themes


Created and adapted by Nate Jacobs
July 13- August 14, 2016
World Premiere

WBTT will raise the roof in song as we celebrate the magnificent Queen of Gospel and other gospel greats in this new musical revue. Award-winning songs like “Move On Up a Little Higher” and “His Eye Is On the Sparrow” are sung from the heart with the traditional WBTT soul.  Experience the joy and hope of gospel music at this high-energy, exciting summer show.




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