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Paradise Square

This bold and uncompromising new musical, which examines a remarkable yet virtually unknown moment in American history makes it's pre-Broadway debut in Chicago.

New York City. 1863. The Civil War raged on. An extraordinary thing occurred amid the dangerous streets and crumbling tenement houses of the Five Points, the notorious 19th-century Lower Manhattan slum. Irish immigrants escaping the devastation of the Great Famine settled alongside free-born Black Americans and those who escaped slavery, arriving by means of the Underground Railroad. The Irish, relegated at that time to the lowest rung of America’s social status, received a sympathetic welcome from their Black neighbors (who enjoyed only slightly better treatment in the burgeoning industrial-era city). The two communities co-existed, intermarried, raised families, and shared their cultures in this unlikeliest of neighborhoods. 

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Event Date

  • November 2 - December 05, 2021


James M. Nederlander Theatre


24 W. Randolph
Chicago, IL 60601