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Paradise Square

Paradise Square

by Jason Howland, Nathan Tysen, Masi Asare, Chistina Anderson, Marcus Gardley, Craig Lucas and Larry Kirwan

Based on a Real-Life Event
Dance Musical
Written by a Black Artist

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Paradise Square

Paradise Square

A new musical about life in New York’s infamous Five Points neighborhood.


New York, 1863. As the Civil War rages on, free Blacks and Irish immigrants live and love together in the unlikeliest of neighborhoods – the dangerous streets and crumbling tenement houses of Lower Manhattan’s notorious Five Points slum. The amalgamation between the communities took 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. But this racial equilibrium would come to a sharp and brutal end when President Lincoln’s need to institute the first Federal Draft to support the Union Army would incite the deadly NY Draft Riots of July 1863. Within this galvanizing story of racial harmony undone by a country at war with itself, we meet the denizens of a local saloon called Paradise Square.

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Composer and Lyricist
Jason Howland


Nathan Tysen


Masi Asare


Larry Kirwan


Craig Lucas


Marcus Gardley


Christina Anderson

Broadway Premiere

Ethel Barrymore Theatre
Opening Night
April 3, 2022
Total Performances
Original Cast
Joaquina Kalukango, Kevin Dennis, John Dossett, Sidney DuPont, Jacob Fishel, Chilina Kennedy, Gabrielle McClinton, A.J. Shively, Nathaniel Stampley, Karen Burthwright, Kennedy Caughell, Dwayne Clark, Garrett Coleman, Colin Cunliffe, Chloe Davis, Bernard Dotson, Jamal Christopher Douglas, Sam Edgerly, Shiloh Goodin, Jacobi Hall, Sean Jenness, Jay McKenzie, Ben Michael, Jason Oremus, Eilis Quinn, Sara Sheperd, Lael Van Keuren, Sir Brock Warren, Hailee Kaleem Wright
Moisés Kaufman
Bill T. Jones
Musical Staging
Graciela Daniele
Garth H. Drabinsky and Peter LeDonne
Jason Howland
Scenic Design
Allen Moyer
Costume Design
Toni-Leslie James
Lighting Design
Donald Holder
Sound Design
Jon Weston
Projection Design
Wendall K. Harrington
Hair and Wig Design
Matthew B. Armentrout
Musical Numbers
Paradise Square
I'm Coming
Camptown Races
Since the Day I Met You
Bright Lookout
True to a Country
Oh Susanna
Gentle Annie
Why Should I Die In Springtime
I'd Be a Soldier
Angelina Baker (Part 1)
Heaven Save Our Home
Angelina Baker (Part 2)
Ring, Ring the Banjo
Angelina Baker (Part 3)
Someone to Love
One Match and One Man
Breathe Easy
Hard Times
No More
Let It Burn

2022 Tony Award Nominations

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical - Joaquina Kalukango
Best Musical
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original Score
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical - Sidney DuPont
Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical - A.J. Shively
Best Choreography
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Best Lighting Design of a Musical

2022 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Joaquina Kalukango
Outstanding Choreography
Outstanding Music
Outstanding Wig and Hair

2022 Outer Critics Circle Award Nominations

Outstanding Orchestrations
Outstanding New Broadway Musical
Outstanding Score
Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Joaquina Kalukango
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - A.J. Shively
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Outstanding Choreographer

2022 Drama League Award Nominations

Distinguished Performance Award - Joaquina Kalukango

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