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Larry Kirwan

 
Bio:
Larry Kirwan was born in Wexford, Ireland and lives in New York City. He was leader of Black 47 for 25 years during which the political rock band played 2,500 gigs, released 16 albums and appeared on Leno, Letterman, O’Brien, Fallon and every major US TV show. He has written three novels ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Larry Kirwan was born in Wexford, Ireland and lives in New York City. He was leader of Black 47 for 25 years during which the political rock band played 2,500 gigs, released 16 albums and appeared on Leno, Letterman, O’Brien, Fallon and every major US TV show. He has written three novels ... (read complete bio)

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[Broadway, 2022] [Replacement]
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[Off-Broadway, 2002]
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Larry Kirwan Biography

Larry Kirwan was born in Wexford, Ireland and lives in New York City. He was leader of Black 47 for 25 years during which the political rock band played 2,500 gigs, released 16 albums and appeared on Leno, Letterman, O‚ÄôBrien, Fallon and every major US TV show. He has written three novels including Liverpool Fantasy and Rockin' The Bronx, a memoir, Green Suede Shoes, and A History of Irish Music. His latest novel Rockaway Blue was recently published by Cornell U. Press. He has written or collaborated on 19 plays and musicals including Paradise Square which began at the cell in Manhattan as Hard Times (produced by Nancy Manocherian, directed by Kira Simring). He collaborated with Thomas Keneally (Schindler‚Äôs List) on the musical Transport for which he wrote music and lyrics. It was produced at The Irish Repertory Theatre (directed by Tony Walton). His political thriller Rebel in the Soul was also produced at ‚ÄúThe Rep.‚ÄĚ He is currently adapting The Informer for stage. A political activist, he is an Irish Echo columnist and celebrity host of Celtic Crush on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. He was president of Irish American Writers & Artists for five years.


Larry Kirwan Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 2022 - Best Book of a Musical
Larry KirwanParadise Square

Larry Kirwan News

Charlotte Moore and Ciar√°n O'Reilly of The Irish Repertory Theatre, To Be Honored By Photo Charlotte Moore and Ciar√°n O'Reilly of The Irish Repertory Theatre, To Be Honored By NY Landmarks Conservancy
by Stephi Wild - Oct 25, 2022

On November 2, 2022, The New York Landmarks Conservancy will host its 29th Living Landmarks Celebration at The Plaza.  This year's honorees are Rev. Dr. Calvin Butts III, Andreas C. Dracopoulos, Marlene Hess, Earl Monroe, Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O'Reilly, Faith Ringgold, and Oscar Tang. 

Pre-Roe Abortion Letters Inspire New Drama WHAT KIND OF WOMAN Photo Pre-Roe Abortion Letters Inspire New Drama WHAT KIND OF WOMAN
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 5, 2022

Nancy Manocherian's the cell theatre and off the WALL productions in Pittsburgh present the World Premiere of WHAT KIND OF WOMAN by Abbe Tanenbaum.

PARADISE SQUARE Will Play Final Broadway Performance Photo PARADISE SQUARE Will Play Final Broadway Performance
by Team BWW - Jul 11, 2022

Barring a dramatic upturn in business, the Tony Award-winning Broadway production of Paradise Square will conclude its run with the 3:00 pm matinee on Sunday, July 17 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). At the time of closing, the production will have played 23 previews and 108 performances. 

Listen: Hear Joaquina Kalukango's 'Let It Burn' From the PARADISE SQUARE Cast Recordi Photo Listen: Hear Joaquina Kalukango's 'Let It Burn' From the PARADISE SQUARE Cast Recording
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 23, 2022

You can now listen to ‚ÄúLet It Burn,‚ÄĚ from the forthcoming Original Broadway Cast Recording of Paradise Square, sung by the show‚Äôs remarkable Tony Award winning star, Joaquina Kalukango.

2022 Tony Awards Winners- Full List! Photo 2022 Tony Awards Winners- Full List!
by Team BWW - Jun 12, 2022

The best of Broadway gathered on June 12 at Radio City Music Hall to celebrate the 75th Annual Tony Awards. We've got the complete list of winners for the Tony Awards!

How/When/Where to Watch the 2022 Tony Awards and Other Questions Answered! Photo How/When/Where to Watch the 2022 Tony Awards and Other Questions Answered!
by Team BWW - Jun 11, 2022

The 75th Annual Tony Awards are back this year at Radio City Music Hall to celebrate the best of Broadway for the 2021/22 theatre season. Need a refresher on how to watch and when? We've got you covered!

PARADISE SQUARE Writer Larry Kirwan To Receive 2022 Eugene O'Neill Lifetime Achieveme Photo PARADISE SQUARE Writer Larry Kirwan To Receive 2022 Eugene O'Neill Lifetime Achievement Award
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 1, 2022

Today, Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc. (IAW&A) announced that Larry Kirwan will receive its 2022 prestigious annual Eugene O'Neill Lifetime Achievement Award during an in-person event at the Skylight Room at Rosie O'Grady's in midtown Manhattan on October 24, 2022.

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of PARADISE SQUARE Perform 'Turn My Life Around' Photo VIDEO: Watch the Cast of PARADISE SQUARE Perform 'Turn My Life Around'
by Show Highlights - Jun 1, 2022

Paradise Square, which has been nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, has released an excerpt featuring Tony Award nominee¬†Bill T. Jones‚Äô exhilarating choreography for the show-stopping ‚ÄúTurn My Life Around.‚Ä̬†

Photos: PARADISE SQUARE Book Writer Larry Kirwin Visits MR. YOUNIOSHI at Soho Playhou Photo Photos: PARADISE SQUARE Book Writer Larry Kirwin Visits MR. YOUNIOSHI at Soho Playhouse
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 27, 2022

Tony-nominated 'Paradise Square' book writer Larry Kirwin stopped by J. Elijah's Cho's one-man comedy, 'Mr. Yunioshi' at Soho Playhouse.

Photos: 2022 Tony Awards Nominees Meet the Press- Part 2 Photo Photos: 2022 Tony Awards Nominees Meet the Press- Part 2
by Bruce Glikas - May 17, 2022

Tonys season is here at last! The nominations for the biggest Broadway awards ceremony were announced last week on Monday, May 9. Leading the pack was A Strange Loop with eleven nominations, followed closely by MJ and Paradise Square, with ten nominations each.

Larry Kirwan Videos

Listen: Hear Joaquina Kalukango's 'Let It Burn' From the PARADISE SQUARE Cast Recordi Videoplay
Listen: Hear Joaquina Kalukango's 'Let It Burn' From the PARADISE SQUARE Cast Recording

by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 23, 2022

You can now listen to ‚ÄúLet It Burn,‚ÄĚ from the forthcoming Original Broadway Cast Recording of Paradise Square, sung by the show‚Äôs remarkable Tony Award winning star, Joaquina Kalukango.

VIDEO: Joaquina Kalukango Discusses Being Grateful to Be Back on Stage in PARADISE SQ Videoplay
VIDEO: Joaquina Kalukango Discusses Being Grateful to Be Back on Stage in PARADISE SQUARE Post-Show Speech

by BroadwayWorld TV - Apr 20, 2022

Paradise Square officially resumed performances last night, April 19, after briefly going dark due to COVID cases within the cast. Joaquina Kalukango gave a speech after last night's performance, where she talked about being grateful to be back on stage.

VIDEO: First Look at the Pre-Broadway Run of PARADISE SQUARE in Chicago Videoplay
VIDEO: First Look at the Pre-Broadway Run of PARADISE SQUARE in Chicago

by Stage Tube - Dec 2, 2021

Paradise Square began its pre-Broadway engagement on November 2, at Chicago's James M. Nederlander Theatre (24 West Randolph Street). The production will conclude it's run later this week on December 5th. Check out all new video of in action!

VIDEO: Get A First Listen To 'I'd Be A Soldier' From PARADISE SQUARE Videoplay
VIDEO: Get A First Listen To 'I'd Be A Soldier' From PARADISE SQUARE

by BWW Staff - Oct 15, 2021

BroadwayWorld has a first listen to 'I'd Be A Soldier' from Paradise Square -which begins previews February 22, 2022 at Broadway's Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street), where it opens March 20, 2022.

VIDEO: Get A First Look At Berkeley Rep's PARADISE SQUARE: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL Videoplay
VIDEO: Get A First Look At Berkeley Rep's PARADISE SQUARE: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL

by Alan Henry - Jan 17, 2019

Check out all new video from Paradise Square: An American Musical. The world premiere is helmed by acclaimed director Moises Kaufman, with choreography by the legendary Bill T. Jones and a book by Marcus Gardley, Craig Lucas, and Larry Kirwan. Music by Jason Howland and Larry Kirwan, with lyrics by Nathan Tysen, and based on the songs of Stephen Foster.

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For Berkeley Rep's PARADISE SQUARE: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL Videoplay
VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For Berkeley Rep's PARADISE SQUARE: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL

by Alan Henry - Dec 26, 2018

In the video below go inside rehearsals for Paradise Square: An American Musical. The world premiere is helmed by acclaimed director Moises Kaufman, with choreography by the legendary Bill T. Jones and a book by Marcus Gardley, Craig Lucas, and Larry Kirwan. Music by Jason Howland and Larry Kirwan, with lyrics by Nathan Tysen, and based on the songs of Stephen Foster.

VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For Berkeley Rep's PARADISE SQUARE: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL Videoplay
VIDEO: Go Inside Rehearsals For Berkeley Rep's PARADISE SQUARE: AN AMERICAN MUSICAL

by Alan Henry - Dec 21, 2018

In the video below go inside rehearsals for Paradise Square: An American Musical. The world premiere is helmed by acclaimed director Moises Kaufman, with choreography by the legendary Bill T. Jones and a book by Marcus Gardley, Craig Lucas, and Larry Kirwan. Music by Jason Howland and Larry Kirwan, with lyrics by Nathan Tysen, and based on the songs of Stephen Foster.

STAGE TUBE: Behind the Scenes with Irish Rep's TRANSPORT
by Stage Tube - Feb 11, 2014

Off-Broadway's award-winning Irish Repertory Theatre presents the world premiere production of the new musical TRANSPORT. With a book by world-renowned Australian author Thomas Keneally (Schindler's List, the acclaimed book on which the Oscar-winning film is based) and music and lyrics by Larry Kirwan (founder of the iconic New York City band Black 47), TRANSPORT follows the uneasy ocean voyage of Irish women who were sentenced and then exiled to the relatively uninhabited south coast of Australia in the mid-19th Century. Go behind the scenes with the cast in the video below!


Larry Kirwan Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Larry Kirwan written?
Larry Kirwan has written 2 shows including Transport (Composer), Rebel in the Soul (Playwright).

What awards has Larry Kirwan been nominated for?
Best Book of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Paradise Square .