• Previews Begin: February 22, Opening Night: March 20, 2022
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An accidental society held the promise of what America could be. Paradise Square is a bold new musical that brings to life a remarkable yet virtually unknown moment in American history.

  • Show Information

    Previews: February 22, 2021 Opening: March 20, 2021 Run Time: TBC (Expected 2hrs 35 min.) Including 20 min intermission

    Group Information

    Group Minimum: 10
  • World Premiere in 2019 California


    Nelly Freeman: Joaquina Kalukango Annie O'Brien: Chilina Kennedy Frederic Tiggens: John Dossett Rev. Samuel Jacob Lewis: Nathaniel Stampley Owen Duignan: A.J. Shively Washington Henry: Sidney DuPont Milton Moore: Jacob Fishel


    Music: Jason Howland & Larry Kirwan Lyrics: Nathan Tysen Book: Craig Lucas, Marcus Gardley, Christina Anderson & Larry Kirwan Conceived by: Larry Kirwan Director: Moisés Kaufman Choreographer: Bill T. Jones Additional Material: Masi Asare Musical Staging: Graciela Daniele, Moisés Kaufman & Bill T. Jones Set Designer: Allen Moyer Costume Designer: Toni-Leslie James Lighting Designer: Donald Holder Sound Designer: Jon Weston Projection Designer: Wendall K. Harrington

    Paradise Square is set in New York City in 1863 as the Civil War raged on, an extraordinary thing occurred amid the dangerous streets and crumbling tenement houses of the Five Points, the notorious 19th century Lower Manhattan Slum. The amalgamation between the communities to its most exuberant form with raucous dance contests on the floors of the neighborhood bars and dance halls. It is here in the Five Points where tap dancing was born, as Irish step dancing joyously competed with Black American Juba. An accidental society held the promise of what
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  • This is a galvanizing story of racial harmony undone by a country at war with itself, we meet the denizens of a local saloon called Paradise Square: Nelly Freeman, the indomitable Black woman who owns it; Annie O’Brien, her Irish-Catholic sister-in-law and her Black minister husband, Rev. Samuel Jacob Lewis; Owen Duignan, a conflicted newly arrived Irish immigrant; Washington Henry, a fearless freedom seeker; Frederic Tiggens, an anti-abolitionist political boss, and Milton Moore, a penniless songwriter trying to capture it all. They have conflicting notions of what it means to be an American while living through one of the most tumultuous eras in our country’s history.