Paradise Square

Paradise Square

In the slums of Lower Manhattan in 1863, amidst a divided country and a neighborhood crushed by poverty, one extraordinary community was formed. In the Five Points slum, free Blacks and Irish immigrants lived together in something close to harmony — until larger forces tore their corner of the world apart. Now, the new Broadway musical Paradise Square brings the history of Five Points to glorious life. Paradise Square tickets are on sale now.

At the center of Five Points is Paradise Square, a saloon where the neighborhood’s Black and Irish populations drink and dance together. The bar’s regulars are an eclectic bunch: the Black woman owner, her Irish-Catholic sister-in-law, an anti-abolitionist leader, a just-arrived Irish immigrant with mixed feelings about the neighborhood, and a songwriter desperate to make a buck all congregate together. Within this one bar, all their differing visions of what America should be will clash and mix together.  

Paradise Square features a book co-written by Christina Anderson, Marcus Gardley, and Craig Lucas. Paradise Square on Broadway tells the story of a divided America struggling to define its identity, and a moment in history when the country’s best ideals briefly shone through. 

Jason Howland and Nathan Tysen’s Paradise Square also uses additional material by Masi Asare and Larry Kirwan. The score combines original songs with reimaginings of the works of 19th-century American composer Stephen Foster. Foster was a composer of parlor and minstrel tunes and is typically considered as “the father of American music.” The Paradise Square musical score brings a modern eye to the foundational history of American culture.

Paradise Square combines a thrilling contemporary score with Black American juba and Irish step dancing, two dance styles forms which combined in Five Points slum to eventually form the beginnings of American tap dance. Fela! choreographer and dance legend Bill T. Jones choreographs Paradise Square, with direction by Moisés Kaufman.

Paradise Square was first produced at Berkeley Repertory Theatre in 2018. It will play a pre-Broadway tryout in Chicago, before transferring to the Barrymore Theatre on Broadway. Paradise Square tickets are on sale now.

About Paradise Square:

It’s 1863 and in a 20-block area of Manhattan known as the Five Points, Black and Irish Americans live side by side, work together, marry, and for a brief period realize racial harmony. However, the intensifying Civil War soon results in the first-ever Federal draft, leading to riots as whites are called to enlist while blacks are barred from serving. Will the hard-won bonds of friendship, community, and family in the Five Points prevail or be severed forever?

Christina Anderson, Marcus Gardley, Craig Lucas and Larry Kirwan
Moises Kaufman
Songs by:
Jason Howland, Nathan Tysen and Masi Asare
Donald Holder
Jon Weston
Allen Moyer
Bill T. Jones
Toni-Leslie James
Cast list:
Joaquina Kalukango, Chilina Kennedy, John Dossett, Sidney DuPont, A.J. Shively, Nathaniel Stampley, Gabrielle McClinton, Jacob Fishel, Kevin Dennis, Matt Bogart, Aisha Jackson, Garrett Coleman, Jason Oremus, Colin Barkell, Karen Burthwright, Kennedy Caughell, Dwayne Clark, Conor Coleman, Eric Craig, Colin Cunliffe, Chloe Davis, Josh Davis, Bernard Dotson, Jamal Christopher Douglas, Camille Eanga-Selenge, Sam Edgerly, Shiloh Goodin, Sean Jenness, Joshua Keith, Jay McKenzie, Ben Michael, Kayla Pecchioni, Eilis Quinn, Lee Siegel, Erica Spyres, Lael van Keuren, Sir Brock Warren, Alan Wiggins, Kristen Beth Williams, Hailee Kaleem Wright
Paradise Square Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
March 15, 2022
Opening date: 
April 3, 2022
Booking to: 
November 27, 2022

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

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Barrymore Theatre

243 West 47th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10036
Nearest subway station:
49th Street station

Latest Paradise Square News & Features

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Everything you need to know about 'Paradise Square' on Broadway
April 5, 2022

Spend a few hours in "a little bit of Eden" at Paradise Square, a new original musical on Broadway in the 2022 season. With a cast of 40 to perform rousing ensemble songs and vibrant dance numbers choreographed by dance legend Bill T. Jones, Paradise Square is a return to the mega-musicals of the 1990s and the early 2000s, sharing themes and styles with shows like Ragtime that have come before it.

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'Paradise Square' to offer rush and lottery tickets
March 11, 2022

This is your ticket to paradise! The Broadway premiere production of Paradise Square will offer rush and lottery tickets throughout its run. Performances begin at the Barrymore Theatre March 15 ahead of an April 3 opening night. Rush tickets will be available in person at the Barrymore Theatre box office when it opens at 10 a.m. each day (except Sunday, when it opens at noon). A limited number of $32 tickets will be available each performance day for that afternoon or evening's show. Each person can purchase up to two tickets, and seating locations are subject to availability.

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'Paradise Square' announces full Broadway cast
February 14, 2022

The new musical Paradise Square has announced its full Broadway cast. After completing a pre-Broadway run in Chicago, the new musical is beginning Broadway performances March 15 at the Barrymore Theatre. Opening night is April 3. The principal cast includes Tony Award nominee Joaquina Kalukango, Chilina Kennedy, Tony Award nominee John Dossett, Sidney DuPont, A.J. Shively, Nathaniel Stampley, Gabrielle McClinton, Jacob Fishel, Kevin Dennis, and Matt Bogart. Aisha Jackson is the standby for Kalukango. All the principal cast members appeared in Paradise Square in Chicago.

Photo credit: Paradise Square (Photos courtesy of The Press Room NYC)
‘Paradise Square’ gets Broadway transfer at Barrymore Theatre
June 7, 2021

Following a 2018 world premiere and an upcoming engagement in Chicago, Paradise Square will receive its Broadway premiere in 2022.

Our Paradise Square Review

Paradise Square, the new Broadway musical, is blessed with a cast of powerhouse singers, Jason Howland’s lovely score, and enough action for three separate shows. Unfortunately, that’s part of the show’s problem. Written by Larry Kirwan, Christina Anderson, and Craig Lucas, the show’s book is saddled with so many characters with so many ambitions that three hours is not enough time to resolve... Read more