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by Jason Howland, Nathan Tysen, Masi Asare, Chistina Anderson, Marcus Gardley, Craig Lucas and Larry Kirwan
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.
PREVIEWS: February 22, 2022
OPENING: March 20, 2022