The upcoming Broadway musical Paradise Square has announced its complete 40-member cast, which includes Tony nominees Joaquina Kalukango (Slave Play) and John Dossett (Gypsy), and Chilina Kennedy (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical).
Rehearsals are underway for the production that will begin previews March 15 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Following its 2019 world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Paradise Square will officially open on Broadway April 3.
The new musical features a book by Christina Anderson (Good Goods), Craig Lucas (The Light in the Piazza), and Black 47 frontman Larry Kirwan, with music by Jason Howland (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) and lyrics by Nathan Tysen (Amélie) and Masi Asare (Monsoon Wedding).
Alongside Kalukango, Dossett, and Kennedy, the cast will feature Sidney DuPont (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), A.J. Shively (La Cage aux Folles), Nathaniel Stampley (The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess), Gabrielle McClinton (Pippin), Jacob Fishel (Fiddler on the Roof), Kevin Dennis (Assassins), and Matt Bogart (Smokey Joe’s Café, Miss Saigon).
The ensemble includes Garrett Coleman, Jason Oremus, Colin Barkell, Karen Burthwright, Kennedy Caughell, Dwayne Clark, Conor Coleman, Eric Craig, Colin Cunliffe, Chloe Davis, Josh Davis, Bernard Dotson, Jamal Christopher Douglas, Camille Eanga-Selenge, Sam Edgerly, Shiloh Goodin, Sean Jenness, Joshua Keith, Jay McKenzie, Ben Michael, Kayla Pecchioni, Eilis Quinn, Lee Siegel, Erica Spyres, Lael van Keuren, Sir Brock Warren, Alan Wiggins, Kristen Beth Williams, and Hailee Kaleem Wright. Aisha Jackson (Frozen) will stand by for Kalukango.
The musical is directed by Moisés Kaufman (I Am My Own Wife) and produced by Tony winner Garth H. Drabinsky (Kiss of the Spider Woman) with choreography by Tony winner Bill T. Jones (Spring Awakening).
Paradise Square takes place in New York City during the Civil War and tells the story of two marginalized communities, Irish immigrants and Black Americans, coming together and sharing their rich cultures.