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Paradise Square 2022

Run Time:
Two hours and 40 minutes with one intermission
Ages: 13+
Opened: April 3, 2022
Closing: July 17, 2022

Paradise Square - 2022 - Broadway History , Info & More

Ethel Barrymore Theatre (Broadway)
243 West 47th St. New York, NY

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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Review: Joaquina Kalukango elevates an ambitious ‘Paradise Square’
6 / 10

The musical's score, an impressive mixture of Irish jigs, 19th century work songs and jazz, reinforces the musical's themes of racial harmony and racial division, while driving the show's energy forward. One group number, 'Why Should I Die in Springtime,' in which the Irish characters lament having to fight in the Civil War, is immediately answered by 'I'll Be a Soldier,' in which the Black characters declare they would fight if America would let them. It's a brilliant battle in musical form. Bill T. Jones's expansive choreography similarly takes on these themes. Jones combines Irish step dancing, tap dancing, modern break dancing and Haitian Yanvalou, yet creates distinctive dances for the Irish characters and the Black characters. The result is character-motivated choreography that is astounding in its density and gorgeous in appearance.

Paradise Square
4 / 10

It's a handsome production, with a talented and notably large cast; the exciting dance sequences, choreographed by Bill T. Jones, are among the show's highlights [...] The problem is that the writing doesn't support the spectacle, yielding a ponderous hash of good intentions that often feels like a training-wheels version of Ragtime. The disjointed script hops among scenes and tones, and while one understands the impetus behind ditching Foster's catchy but plantation-flavored songs, the score that has replaced them-by Jason Howland, Nathan Tysen and Masi Asare-is mostly unmemorable.

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 Nicole Rosky - 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 Stephi Wild - 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!

VIDEO: On the Opening Night Red Carpet For PARADISE SQUARE
by Red Carpet - 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, where our own Richard Ridge chatted with attendees.

VIDEO: NYC Mayor Eric Adams Gives Pre-Show Speech at PARADISE SQUARE
by Stephi Wild - 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.

VIDEO: Watch the Opening Night Curtain Call at PARADISE SQUARE
by Marissa Tomeo - April 3, 2022


Broadway's Paradise Square opened tonight, Sunday, April 3rd, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

Review Roundup: PARADISE SQUARE Opens on Broadway
by Marissa Tomeo - April 3, 2022


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. For many years, 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.

VIDEO: A.J. Shively Opens Up About His New Broadway Role in PARADISE SQUARE
by Nicole Rosky - March 30, 2022


Paradise Square is currently in previews at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where it is getting ready to open on Sunday, April 3. A.J. Shively, who plays Irish immigrant Owen Duignan in the new musical, just checked in with BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge ahead of the big night.

Paradise Square History

Other Productions of Paradise Square

2019   San Francisco (Regional) World Premiere Berkeley Production
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2022   Broadway Original Broadway Production
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Paradise Square - 2022 Broadway Awards and Nominations

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Year Ceremony Category Nominee
2022 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Actress in a Musical Joaquina Kalukango
2022 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Choreography Bill T. Jones
2022 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Music Jason Howland
2022 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Wig and Hair Matthew B. Armentrout
2022 Drama League Awards Distinguished Performance Awards Joaquina Kalukango
2022 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Actress in a Musical Joaquina Kalukango
2022 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Choreography Bill T. Jones
2022 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Choreography Alex Sanchez
2022 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Choreography Garrett Coleman
2022 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Choreography Jason Oremus
2022 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Director of a Musical Moisés Kaufman
2022 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical A.J. Shively
2022 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding New Broadway Musical Paradise Square
2022 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Orchestrations Jason Howland
2022 Outer Critics Circle Awards Outstanding Score Jason Howland
2022 Tony Awards Best Book of a Musical Christina Anderson
2022 Tony Awards Best Choreography Bill T. Jones
2022 Tony Awards Best Costume Design of a Musical Toni-Leslie James
2022 Tony Awards Best Lighting Design of a Musical Donald Holder
2022 Tony Awards Best Musical Paradise Square
2022 Tony Awards Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Jason Howland
2022 Tony Awards Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre Jason Howland
2022 Tony Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical Sidney DuPont
2022 Tony Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical A.J. Shively
2022 Tony Awards Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical Joaquina Kalukango
2022 Tony Awards Best Scenic Design of a Musical Allen Moyer

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