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A tale of two musicals with the same setting? 'Paradise Square' and 'Four Points'
Last Edit: WaymanWong 07:39 pm EDT 05/24/21
Posted by: WaymanWong 07:24 pm EDT 05/24/21
In reply to: Did anyone here see PARADISE SQUARE at Berkeley Rep? - clothedboysinging 09:18 am EDT 05/22/21

''Paradise Square'' and ''Four Points'' would appear to be two musicals, both set during the 1860s Civil War era in the lower Manhattan neighborhood of Four Points. It sounds like both shows deal with the Irish immigrants and the free-born black Americans who co-existed there.

''Paradise Square'' was directed by Moises Kaufman, with choreography by Bill T. Jones. It has a book by Craig Lucas, Marcus Gardley and Larry Kirwan, and a score based on the songs of Stephen Foster, by Jason Howland, Nathan Tysen and Kirwan. ''Paradise Square'' made its world premiere in Dec. 2018 at Berkeley Rep. ... ''Four Points'' also is reportedly Broadway-bound, and Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler has been announced as its director/choreographer. It has a book by Harrison David Rivers and a score by Ethan Pakchar and Douglas Lyons. ''Four Points'' made its world premiere at the Theater Latte Da in Minneapolis in April 2018, and a concert version played at New York City's 54 Below in Sept. 2019.

Both musicals also have official trailers on YouTube, so you can catch a glimpse of them on their feet, often dancing up a storm.

Could anyone have seen both, and can compare and contrast? (Is this reminiscent of the dueling ''Wild Party'' and ''Phantom'' musicals?)
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