Paradise Square To Debut on Broadway!

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“Paradise Square” is a new musical about race relations in New York in the 1860s. It announced that it will perform a Broadway show at the Ethel Barrymore Theater this winter. This musical is produced by Garth Drabinsky. It will star Joaquina Karukango (“Slave Play”) on the opening night of February 22 and March 20, 2022.


The musical will begin at the James M. Nederlander Theater in Chicago after a five-week engagement in November this year. This work marks Drapinski’s return to Broadway after being convicted of fraud and forgery in 2009. And his subsequently sentenced to prison. The allegations came from Drabinsky’s time-leading production company Livent. It produced “Ragtime” and “The Kiss of Spider-Woman” on Broadway and several major musicals in Canada. They include “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Sunset Boulevard.

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The world premiere of “Paradise Square” was produced in January 2019 at the Berkeley Repertory Company. The musical is directed by Moises Kaufman, director of Project Laramie, choreographed by Bill T Jones, Christina Anderson, Marcus Gadley, Craig Luca Si, and Kewan co-authored a book.

The Story

The story takes place in the Five Points neighborhood of New York in 1863, when Irish immigrants, free black Americans and people who escaped from slavery coexisted. The production attributed the tap dance creation to the five-point community mix. Other actors include Chilina Kennedy (“Beautiful”), John Dossett (“Pippin”), Sidney DuPont (“Beautiful”), A.J. Shively (“Bright Star”), Nathaniel Stampley (“The Color Purple”), Gabrielle McClinton (“Pippin”), Jacob Fishel (“Fiddler on the Roof”) and Kevin Dennis.


“Paradise Square” features songs by composer Stephen Foster, who lived near Five o’clock in the Lower East Side during the musical, as well as musical writers Jason Howland, Nathan Tyson, Marcy Asare and La Original song by Rikowan, lead singer of rock band Black 47. Kirwan’s original musical “Hard Times” provided the foundation for “Paradise Square”.

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