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Paradise Square

Paradise Square Tickets & Information

New York, 1863. 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.

Theatre Information

Theatre Information

Barrymore Theatre

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Location

Accessibility

Accessible Seating

Accessible seating is available for this performance as indicated on the seating map.

Theatre is wheelchair-accessible.

Wheelchair-Accessible Restroom

There is one (unisex) wheelchair accessible restroom located on the main floor with no steps. Non-accessible restrooms are located down two flights of steps (20 steps).

Seat Accessibility

Orchestra location: Seating is accessible to all parts of the Orchestra without steps. Wheelchair seating is located in the Orchestra only.

Mezzanine location: Located up three flights of stairs (30 steps). Once on the Mezzanine level, there are approximately two steps per row. Entrance to Mezzanine is behind row E of the Front Mezzanine.

Handrails: Available at the end of every stepped seat row in the Mezzanine.

Assisted-Listening Devices

Reservations are not necessary. Driver’s license or ID with printed address required as a deposit. Please e-mail [email protected] or call (212) 582-7678 to reserve in advance.

Loop technology is also available at this theatre.

Shubert Audience Services
The Barrymore Theatre provides at least 10 infrared assistive listening devices for every performance at the theatre. Beginning 4 weeks after a show’s official opening night performance, at least 10 audio description devices are available for every performance at the theatre. In addition, there is unlimited access to downloadable audio description software for personal mobile devices, available beginning 4 weeks after a show’s official opening night performance, which provides an automated detailed account of the visual of the production, free of charge, for blind or partially sighted patrons. The theatre also offers hand-held devices and software that provide captioning for deaf or hard-of-hearing patrons, available beginning 4 weeks after a show’s official opening night performance. Additional devices can be available with at least 24 hours’ notice by contacting Shubert Audience Services at 212-944-3700 or [email protected]. There is also a representative at the Shubert Audience Services kiosk at every performance to assist any patron with the audio description devices, software, or captioning devices.

Multilingual Commentary

For more information, visit the Shubert Audience Services kiosk inside the theatre.