Paradise Square: A New Musical
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
Main Season · Roda Theatre
December 27, 2018–February 17, 2019
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.
Paradise Square is produced by special arrangement with Garth H. Drabinsky in association with Peter LeDonne and Teatro Proscenium Limited Partnership.
We expect this show to include one 15-minute intermission. We’ll update this information, and add running time, once we have confirmation.
Berkeley Rep offers an advisory about any stage effect of potential concern to patrons’ health. We will post this information as soon as it’s available. We don’t offer advisories about subject matter, as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have any concerns about content, please contact the box office.
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Current ticket prices
Premium: $70–115 · Section A: $55–100 · Section B: $40–85
30% discount available for anyone under the age of 35
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Prices are subject to change at any time. Generally, your best bet is to buy early. Weeknight tickets tend to cost less than weekends. For the consistently lowest prices, see any three or more subscription plays.
Behind the scenes: Photo shoot
Here’s a peek at the Paradise Square cast photo shoot with photographer Cheshire Isaacs.
Behind the scenes: Paradise Square meet and greet
On the first day of rehearsals, director Moisés Kaufman and choreographer Bill T. Jones introduce Berkeley Rep’s biggest musical to date.
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Docent talks and discussions
Pre-show docent talks
Meet us in the Theatre 55 minutes before the show on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings and Sunday matinees for an engrossing presentation about your subscription-season play. Hear about the playwright’s perspective, dive into the historical context, and discover why the script is relevant right now. Each 25-minute talk includes plenty of time for your questions.
Post-show docent-led discussions
Join your fellow audience members after all matinees and share your thoughts on the show.
Teen Night gives local teens the opportunity to meet for dinner and a behind-the-scenes discussion with a member of the artistic team before attending each subscription-season production at an extremely discounted price.
- Friday, January 4, 2019
Teen Night begins at 6:30pm at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre. Learn more and reserve your space.
A Conversation with Bill T. Jones
Want an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Paradise Square: A New Musical? Join local media personality Sandra Varner as she interviews two-time Tony Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones about this upcoming world premiere musical and his celebrated career in dance.
- Monday, December 10, 2018
6pm · Lobby and bar open
6:30pm · Theatre doors open for general seating
This event is free and no reservations are required.
Actor Q & A’s
Stick around after the show on select Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday nights for lively Q & A sessions with our artists.
- Thursday, January 24, 2019
- Tuesday, January 29, 2019
- Friday, February 8, 2019