Irish Repertory Theatre

The Streets of New York

Twenty years after premiering at the Irish Repertory Theatre in 2001, Charlotte Moore’s musical adaptation of The Streets of New York returns to the venue, with Moore and Mark Hartman returning as director and music director respectively. Dion Boucicault’s 1857 play, also known as The Poor of New York, tells the story of middle class families’ attempt to get a shady banker’s money back to its rightful owners. The Streets of New York tickets are available on New York Theatre Guide now.

In the The Streets of New York musical, the bank owner Gideon Bloodgood knows his bank is about to fold. The Panic of 1837 is in full swing and the stock market is about to crash, so he withdraws all the money in his bank and plans to escape for England. Just before he leaves, the well-meaning Captain Fairweather deposits his savings with Bloodgood as his own bank is about to crash, but dies soon afterward.

Twenty years later, during the Panic of 1857, Bloodgood is still living comfortably in New York on Fairweather's fortune, while the Fairweathers and others are suffering in poverty. He'll do anything to protect his money, but as the truth of where it came from comes to light, the other characters — including Bloodgood's daughter, Captain Fairweather's family, and a formerly rich man — get involved in a plan to expose Bloodgood's scheme and get the money to whom it truly belongs.

Charlotte Moore's The Streets of New York shouldn't be confused with a 1963 musical adaptation of the play of the same name, with music by Richard B. Chodosh and a book and lyrics by Barry Alan Grael. That show ran for 10 months at the Maidman Playhouse, a now-demolished theatre on the site of the current Playwrights Horizons building. The premiere production of Moore's The Streets of New York off Broadway was nominated for two Drama League Awards, and it went on to run at the Westport Country Playhouse in 2003. In addition to directing, Moore adapted Bocicault's script into the libretto and wrote original music and lyrics.

Tickets to The Streets of New York are available now. Get your The Streets of New York tickets on New York Theatre Guide today.


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Dion Boucicault, adapted by Charlotte Moore
Charlotte Moore
Songs by:
Charlotte Moore
Barry McNabb
Cast list:
Amy Bodnar, Amanda Jane Cooper, Richard Henry, David Hess, Ben Jacoby, Justin Keyes, Daniel J. Maldonado, Polly McKie, Jordan Tyson, Ryan Vona, Price Waldman, DeLaney Westfall
The Streets of New York Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
December 4, 2021
Opening date: 
December 14, 2021
January 30, 2022

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

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Our The Streets of New York Review

Holiday musicals are often cheery but don’t quite leave an imprint. So when one does, it sticks like a wet candy cane. The Streets of New York, a musical revival adapted from Dion Boucicault’s 1857 play The Poor of New York, is a festive production full of melodramatic storytelling and poppy tunes delivered with merriment by an unforgettable cast.