Paradise Square Musical in New York, NY

Ethel Barrymore Theatre243 West 47th StreetNew York, NY 10036
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Overview

Paradise Square is a powerful Broadway musical that captures the pulsating energy of when Black and Irish cultures meet, to a contemporary score that reimagines early American songs. Set in the era when the Civil War still looms substantially, the story talks about a neighborhood with crumbling houses and dangerous streets. Follow the characters as they wade through life in themes of racial equilibrium, looming threats of war, and what it means to be American in the quaint local saloon of Paradise Square.

up to 2.6 hrs

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • Show is approx. 2 hours & 35 minutes, including one intermission.
  • Location is Barrymore Theatre, 243 West 47th Street New York.
  • Recommended for 12+. Children under 4 years are not permitted in the theater.
  • Doors open 45 minutes before the show.
  • No recording devices are allowed in the theater, including still cameras
  • Theater is wheelchair accessible.
  • Option for assistive listening, audio description and closed captions on personal devices available.
  • Option for real-time language subtitles in several different languages available.

Description

from Paradise Square
The new musical, Paradise Square arrives on Broadway this spring.

New York, 1863. An accidental society held the promise of what America could be.

As the Civil War rages on, free Blacks and Irish immigrants live and love together in the unlikeliest of neighborhoods – the dangerous streets and crumbling tenement houses of Lower Manhattan’s notorious Five Points slum. The amalgamation between the communities took its most exuberant form with raucous dance contests on the floors of the neighborhood bars and dance halls. It is here in the Five Points where tap dancing was born. But this racial equilibrium would come to a sharp and brutal end when President Lincoln’s need to institute the first Federal Draft to support the Union Army would incite the deadly NY Draft Riots of July 1863.

Within this galvanizing story of racial harmony undone by a country at war with itself, we meet the denizens of a local saloon called Paradise Square. These characters include the indomitable Black woman who owns it; her Irish-Catholic sister-in-law and her Black minister husband; a conflicted newly arrived Irish immigrant; a fearless freedom seeker; an anti-abolitionist political boss; and a penniless songwriter trying to capture it all. They have conflicting notions of what it means to be an American while living through one of the most tumultuous eras in our country’s history.

With visceral and nuanced staging and choreography that captures the pulsating energy when Black and Irish cultures meet and set to a contemporary score that reimagines early American song, Paradise Square depicts an overlooked true-life moment when hope and possibility shone bright.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Paradise Square

Where is the theater located?

Paradise Square the musical is performed at the Ethel Berrymore Theatre 243 West 47th Street New York, NY 10036.


How long is the show?

The show is approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes, including intermission. 


Is the Ethel Berrymore Theatre wheelchair accessible?

The theater is not completely wheelchair accessible. There are no steps into the theater. There are 5 Wheelchair seats, 11 Aisle Transfer Arms, 26 Companion Seats.


Can I bring my camera to the theater?

Absolutely no photography or video is allowed into the theater.


When should I arrive for my show?

The theater doors open approximately 45 minutes before the show. It is recommended that audiences arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the show, beginning to find their seats, browse the available show merchandise, and settle in before showtime.


Is this show appropriate for children?

Yes. The show is recommended for ages 13+. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted into the theater. Due to the length of the performance, it is recommended that families with children attend a daytime performance.


Are concessions available for purchase within the theater?

Yes. Bar located in the theater Lower Lounge where refreshments may be purchased. The bar begins serving patrons 30 minutes before the performance begins.


What happens if I am late? 

Latecomers are seated at suitable breaks in the performance in conveniently reachable seat locations at the discretion of management.