Paradise Square

Run Time:
Two hours and 40 minutes with one intermission
Opened: April 3, 2022
Closing: July 17, 2022

Paradise Square - 2022 - Broadway Tickets, News, Info & More

New York City. 1863. The Civil War raged on. An extraordinary thing occurred amid the dangerous streets and crumbling tenement houses of the Five Points, the notorious 19th-century Lower Manhattan slum. Irish immigrants escaping the devastation of the Great Famine settled alongside free-born Black Americans and those who escaped slavery, arriving by means of the Underground Railroad. The Irish, relegated at that time to the lowest rung of America's social status, received a sympathetic welcome from their Black neighbors (who enjoyed only slightly better treatment in the burgeoning industrial-era city). The two communities co-existed, intermarried, raised families, and shared their cultures in this unlikeliest of neighborhoods.

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Broadway review | Not exactly a ticket to ‘Paradise Square’
4 / 10

In an ideal world, the original new Broadway musical "Paradise Square" would live up to its fascinating historical source material: the 19th century Lower Manhattan slum of Five Points, where free Blacks and immigrants lived together up until the Civil War. Although well-meaning and filled with some striking visuals and pointed political commentary, "Paradise Square" is sappy, overstuffed, overlong, and tiresome. If not much else, "Paradise Square" might be an ideal show for educators who want to take their students to a Broadway musical about U.S. history but can't score tickets to "Hamilton." As a homework assignment, the students can research the numerous historical events that are dutifully mentioned or write an essay about the contemporary political concerns (violent insurrection, cultural misappropriation, class tensions, need for empathy).that the show overemphasizes in trying to prove its relevance.

The Several Original Sins of Paradise Square
4 / 10

There is one good thing about the way Paradise Square has been developed into the ground: The ensemble members have had plenty of time to figure out their parts. Allen Moyer's tall, skeletal tenement set gives the two-dozen-strong cast plenty of places to stand, so director Moisés Kaufman often puts them on various levels, staring down at the floor of the bar. If the repetitive elements pall - you will start out amazed by the dancers, then those returns will diminish - you could always cast your eyes up, into the shadows. I had several favorites among the supernumeraries, including a guy who brought his baby to watch the competition and a mandolin player who fell asleep. Appropriately for a show about a neighborhood, the chorus gives us a sense of lives and passions moving just out of the field of focus.

Garth Drabinsky Added To Canadian Equity's Do Not Work List by BWW Staff - July 21, 2022

Following Actors' Equity placing Paradise Square producer Garth Drabinsky on their Do Not Work List, Canadian Actors' Equity has announced that they are instructing members not to work for Garth Drabinsky or any company he may be associated with.

Read: PARADISE SQUARE Company Speaks Out Against Garth Drabinsky In Letter to Equity by BWW Staff - July 14, 2022

Actors' Equity will place Paradise Sqaure producer Garth Drabinsky on the company's Do Not Work list due to 'outstanding payments and benefits, and a continued pattern of abuse and neglect that created an unsafe and toxic work environment.'

Garth Drabinsky Added to Actors' Equity Do Not Work List by BWW Staff - July 14, 2022

Actors' Equity will place Paradise Square producer Garth Drabinsky on the company's Do Not Work list due to 'outstanding payments and benefits, and a continued pattern of abuse and neglect that created an unsafe and toxic work environment.'

PARADISE SQUARE Will Play Final Broadway Performance by Team BWW - July 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 Recording by Chloe Rabinowitz - June 23, 2022

You can now listen to “Let It Burn,” from the forthcoming Original Broadway Cast Recording of Paradise Square, sung by the show’s remarkable Tony Award winning star, Joaquina Kalukango.

VIDEO: Joaquina Kalukango Discusses Her PARADISE SQUARE Tony Awards Performance on TODAY by Michael Major - June 22, 2022

Joaquina Kalukango sat down with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on the TODAY Show this morning to discuss her acclaimed Tony Awards performance for Paradise Square. Kalukango also opened up about how her character of Nelly O'Brien in Paradise Square has helped her through an uncertain period in her life. Watch the new interview now!

VIDEO: Watch Joaquina Kalukango Make First Entrance Since Tony Win by BroadwayWorld TV - June 15, 2022

On Tony night, promptly after giving a dazzling performance onstage at Radio City Music Hall, Joaquina Kalukango took home the 2022 Tony Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical for PARADISE SQUARE. Now watch as she takes the stage at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre for the first time since her epic win!

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of PARADISE SQUARE Perform 'Turn My Life Around' by Show Highlights - June 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’ exhilarating choreography for the show-stopping “Turn My Life Around.” 

PARADISE SQUARE Cast Members to Join BROADWAY SESSIONS by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 13, 2022

Broadway Sessions, the beloved long running musical theatre variety show will return to The Laurie Beechman Theatre this coming Thursday evening, May 19th.

VIDEO: Joaquina Kalukango Discusses Being Grateful to Be Back on Stage in PARADISE SQUARE Post-Show Speech by BroadwayWorld TV - April 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.

PARADISE SQUARE Will Release An Original Broadway Cast Recording This Spring by Stephi Wild - April 18, 2022

The new Broadway musical Paradise Square will produce an original Broadway cast recording, The cast and Broadway orchestra are gathering at Power Station at BerkleeNYC for four days of sessions. Get the school on the album's release. 

PARADISE SQUARE Will Now Resume Performances On Tuesday, April 19 by Stephi Wild - April 13, 2022

The new Broadway musical Paradise Square will now resume performances on Tuesday, April 19 at the Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street), rather than Saturday, April 16 as previously announced. The change is due to additional COVID cases within the company.

PARADISE SQUARE to Resume Performances on April 16th by Marissa Tomeo - April 11, 2022

After previously announcing that performances would resume on Tuesday, April 12, the original new Broadway musical Paradise Square will definitely resume performances on Saturday, April 16, with performances at 2:00 and 8:00 pm at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 West 47th Street). The production, which opened April 3, halted performances on Thursday, April 7 after positive COVID cases were experienced in the company.

PARADISE SQUARE Cancels Performances Through April 10 by Nicole Rosky - April 8, 2022

'In accordance with Broadway COVID protocols established by the industry, the producers of Paradise Square have cancelled performances tonight, Friday, April 8 through Sunday, April 10. The production is expected to resume performances on Tuesday, April 12 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The producers apologize for any inconvenience to our loyal customers.'

PARADISE SQUARE Canceled Tonight Due to Covid-19 by A.A. Cristi - April 7, 2022

Tonight's performance of the new musical Paradise Square has been canceled due to positive Covid-19 tests with in the company.

Photos: PARADISE SQUARE Company Takes Opening Night Bows by Bruce Glikas - April 4, 2022

Paradise Square opened on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre last night, Sunday, April 3rd. Prior to the curtain rising, New York City Mayor Eric Adams made opening remarks onstage. Check out photos from his speech and from the opening night curtain call.

Photos: On the Red Carpet for Opening Night of PARADISE SQUARE by Bruce Glikas - April 4, 2022

Paradise Square opened on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre last night, Sunday, April 3rd. BroadwayWorld was there on the red carpet and you can check out photos from the big night!


Paradise Square has had 3 productions including San Francisco (Regional) which opened in 2019, San Francisco (Regional) which opened in 2019 and Broadway which opened in 2022.
Paradise Square has been nominated for several Tony Awards. These include Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical for Christina Anderson, Best Choreography for Bill T. Jones, Best Costume Design of a Musical for Toni-Leslie James, Best Lighting Design of a Musical for Donald Holder, Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre for Jason Howland, and Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Allen Moyer.
Paradise Square has been nominated for several awards. These include Outstanding Choreography (Drama Desk Awards) for Bill T. Jones, Outstanding Music (Drama Desk Awards) for Jason Howland, and Outstanding Wig and Hair (Drama Desk Awards) for Matthew B. Armentrout. Additionally, Joaquina Kalukango received a Distinguished Performance Award (Drama League Awards). The show has also been nominated for Outstanding Choreography (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Bill T. Jones, Alex Sanchez, Garrett Coleman, and Jason Oremus. Moisés Kaufman was nominated for Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards), and Paradise Square was nominated for Outstanding New Broadway Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards). Jason Howland was nominated for Outstanding Orchestrations (Outer Critics Circle Awards), and the show's score was nominated for Outstanding Score (Outer Critics Circle Awards) as well.



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