Paradise Square: A New Musical Nora Merecicky

Paradise Square: A New MusicalReturn

Playwright Various Composer Jason Howland, Larry Kirwan Lyricist Nathan Tysen Producer Berkeley Repertory Theatre  [Website] Description Book by Marcus Gardley, Craig Lucas, and Larry Kirwan
Music by Jason Howland and Larry Kirwan
Lyrics by Nathan Tysen
Based on the songs of Stephen Foster
Conceived by Larry Kirwan
Arrangements by Jason Howland and Larry Kirwan
Musical Supervision and Orchestrations by Jason Howland
Choreography by Bill T. Jones
Directed by Moisés Kaufman

It’s 1863 and in a 20-block area of Manhattan known as the Five Points, Black and Irish Americans live side by side, work together, marry, and for a brief period realize racial harmony. However, the intensifying Civil War soon results in the first-ever Federal draft, leading to riots as whites are called to enlist while blacks are barred from serving. Will the hard-won bonds of friendship, community, and family in the Five Points prevail or be severed forever?

Calling upon a variety of musical and dance traditions including Irish step-dancing and African traditional forms (Juba dancing), as well as new ones created from their fusion (tap dance), Paradise Square subverts and reframes some of the most popular music of the 19th century while honoring and celebrating this unique neighborhood’s diverse inhabitants, whose passionate, moving, and heartbreaking experiences burn in our imaginations today.
Running Time 2:15 Performers Sidney Dupont   [William Henry Lance]
Jacob Fishel   [Stephen Foster/Milton Moore]
Daren A. Herbert   [Rev. Samuel E. Cornish]
Christina Sajous   [Annabelle “Nelly” Freeman]
A.J. Shively   [Owen Duignan]
Madeline Trumble   [Annie O’Brien]
Kennedy Caughell   [Janey Foster/Ensemble]
Kevin Dennis   [Mike Quinlan (Lucky Mike)]
Gabrielle McClinton   [Angelina Baker]
Ben Michael   [Daniel Jenkins]
Mark Uhre   [Elmer Woods]
Christian Whelan   [Patrick Murphy]
Karen Burthwright
Tiffany Cole
Garrett Coleman
Colin Cunliffe
Chloé Davis
Bernard Dotson
Jamal Douglas
Sam Edgerly
Shiloh Goodin
Jacobi Hall
Erin Lamar
Jason Oremus
Bridget Riley
Clinton Roane
Celia Rubin
Erica Spyres
Lael Van Keuren
Brendan Wall
Sir Brock Warren
Hailee Wright
Creative Staff Moisés Kaufman   [Director]
Bill T. Jones   [Choreographer]
Allen Moyer   [Scenic Designer]
Toni-Leslie James   [Costume Designer]
Donald Holder   [Lighting Designer]
Jon Weston   [Sound Designer]
Matthew B. Armentrout   [Hair Designer]

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