It features a first-rate cast and creative team and could potentially have a very bright future. Paradise Square was a park located within The Five Points, a 19 th -century neighborhood in Lower Manhattan that became a crime-infested, disease-ridden slum filled with, among others, poor immigrants from Ireland and free Blacks. The events of the musical lead up to the real-life draft riots that occurred in Five Points in , after Irish resentment of their black neighbors boiled over as a result of the planned Civil War draft of poor whites in the area.
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. Black and Irish neighbors celebrate life with inter-racial marriages and friendships in the local saloon. Five Points represents the pre-Civil War U. Melting Pot.
Inspired by powerful real-life stories and the music of legendary composer Stephen Foster, this world-premiere production finds Irish step-dancing and traditional African movement coming together to create an all-American fusion — tap dancing — while sharing an emotional, affecting and ever-timely story built around the immigrant experience. Additional fees may apply. For events with a discounted price, no coupon or promo code is necessary to purchase tickets. Let Me Know! Continue to rediscover the magic of live events by signing up for a Goldstar account with Facebook.
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? Paradise Square was produced by special arrangement with Garth H. Samuel E.