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Broadway In Chicago at James M. Nederlander Theatre

Paradise Square

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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.

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, as Irish step dancing joyously competed with Black American Juba.

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: 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.

As of October 30, 2021, Broadway In Chicago’s mask mandate is as follows. Broadway In Chicago theatres operate at 100% capacity; as such, as an audience member, the proper wearing of masks will be required of you at all times in the theatre and throughout the performance. As well all audience members now through December 31, 2021, will be required to show proof of vaccination. For those with exemptions, a proof of negative COVID 19 test will be required.* These protocols are aligned with a growing coalition of over 60 performing arts venues and producers across Chicagoland that have agreed upon Covid-19 Vaccination and Mask Requirements for audiences through the end of 2021. This is subject to change; Please check with the theatre to confirm their current policy.

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Broadway In Chicago at James M. Nederlander Theatre - 24 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

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  • As of October 30, 2021, Broadway In Chicago’s mask mandate is as follows. Broadway In Chicago theatres operate at 100% capacity; as such, as an audience member, the proper wearing of masks will be required of you at all times in the theatre and throughout the performance. As well all audience members now through December 31, 2021, will be required to show proof of vaccination. For those with exemptions, a proof of negative COVID 19 test will be required.* These protocols are aligned with a growing coalition of over 60 performing arts venues and producers across Chicagoland that have agreed upon Covid-19 Vaccination and Mask Requirements for audiences through the end of 2021. This is subject to change; Please check with the theatre to confirm their current policy.
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Tuesday, Nov 30
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Wednesday, Dec 1
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Thursday, Dec 2
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Friday, Dec 3
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Saturday, Dec 4
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  2. 8:00pm
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Sunday, Dec 5
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