My shoulders clench and my jaw drops, like a dumb-struck child. The sheer scale of this production astounds us. Three-story tenements rise above a rotating stage, with music and movement everywhere. Five-Points is home to free Blacks and Irish immigrants, workers at the bottom of Manhattan life. As friends and family, Black and Irish folks work together to make the most of their exploited, slum life at the Five Points.
According to a recent casting notice , the new musical Paradise Square will be holding a developmental lab in New York City this summer. The production is currently seeking female dancers to round out the ensemble. The musical had its world premiere production at Berkeley Rep in January. It's and in a 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 such as 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. Skip to main content Skip to footer site map.
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Great talent, great story, great music, amazing sets. Everything you'd expect from Broadway, only in Berkeley. This was very entertaining and informative at the same time. Very high energy and great performances! I know it's headed to Broadway and hope they are able to cut it a little as it is too long, especially the first act. What's the phrase? This show takes a good concept and - well..