‘Paradise Blue’ by Dominique Morisseau at the Signature Theatre

The Off-Broadway premiere of Dominique Morisseau’s Paradise Blue, directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, is at The Signature Theatre in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan Tuesday – Sunday from April 24 – June 3, 2018.

“Critics’ Pick! Powerful and exciting! A truthful portrait of human suffering, awakening, and transformation in a gritty, changing city.”

~ New York Magazine

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Opening night is Monday, May 14.
The show is now EXTENDED to June 10, and EXTENDED AGAIN through June 17.


Paradise Blue

'Paradise Blue.' Courtesy of The Signature Theatre.

‘Paradise Blue.’ Courtesy of The Signature Theatre.

In 1949, Detroit’s Blackbottom neighborhood is gentrifying. Blue, a troubled trumpeter and the owner of Paradise Club, is torn between remaining in Blackbottom with his loyal lover Pumpkin and leaving behind a traumatic past. But when the arrival of a mysterious woman stirs up tensions, the fate of Paradise Club hangs in the balance.

Playwright Dominique Morisseau

'Paradise Blue' playwright Dominique Morisseau. Courtesy of The Signature Theatre.

‘Paradise Blue’ playwright Dominique Morisseau. Courtesy of The Signature Theatre.

Paradise Blue is the centerpiece of The Detroit Projects trilogy by Obie award-winning Haitian – American playwright Dominique Morisseau (Skeleton Crew, Pipeline).

Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson

'Paradise Blue' Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Courtesy of The Signature Theatre.

‘Paradise Blue’ Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson. Courtesy of The Signature Theatre.

Paradise Blue is directed by Puerto Rican Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Piano Lesson, Jitney).

Santiago-Hudson directed the world premiere of Paradise Blue at the Williamstown Theater Festival in 2015.

Paradise Blue Cast

Francois Battiste

Battiste is an American actor who graduated from Illinois State University, and then in acting from The Juilliard School in New York.

Battiste is known for his work in Head of Passes (2016) at The Public Theater, Person of Interest (2011), Ten Days in the Valley (2017), and You Bury Your Own (2015).

He is a 2009 Obie Award-winner for his performance in The Good Negro at The Public Theater.

Kristolyn Lloyd

Lloyd is an America actor from Houston Texas. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University.

Lloyd just came off of Broadway’s Dear Evan Hansen.

J. Alphonse Nicholson

Nicholson is an American actor and percussionist from North Carolina.

He made his Off-Broadway debut in Freight: The Five Incarnations of Abel Greene which earned a New York Times critics pick. His television work includes Luke Cage (Marvel), Shots Fired (Fox), Mr. Robot Season 2 and Blue Bloods (CBS).

Instagram: @J_fonz

Keith Randolph Smith

Smith is an American actor on stage, television and film. He graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.

Smith’s Broadway credits include Fences, Come Back, Little Sheba, King Hedley II, The Piano Lesson and Salome. Off-Broadway he is known for Jitney.

His TV credits include Law & Order, Cosby, New York Undercover, and Onion SportsDome.

Smith’s film credits include Malcolm X, Girl 6, Fallout and Backstreet Justice.

Paradise Blue Creative Team

Scenic Design by Neil Patel

Costume Design by Clint Ramos

Lighting Design by Rui Rita

Sound Design by Darron L. West

Fight Direction by Thomas Schall

Original Music by Kenny Rampton

Music Director: Bill Sims, Jr.

Production Stage Manager: Laura Wilson

Casting by Caparelliotis Casting

Paradise Blue Tickets

From $30

Box Office

Tuesday – Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm


(212) 244-7529



Visiting the Signature Theatre

480 West 42nd St, New York, NY 10036
(at Tenth Ave)
Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan


  • (A) (C) (E) to 42nd St (walk two blocks west)
  • (1) (2) (3) to Times Square
  • (7) (S) to Times Square
  • (N) (R) (Q) (W) to Times Square


  • M42 crosstown to 10th Ave
  • M11 North on Tenth Ave / South on Ninth Ave


MPG Parking (Discounted)
475 West 41st St, New York, NY 10036
(between Dyer & Tenth Aves)

For a Signature discount, visit www.signaturetheatre.org, tap the Get an exclusive discount link and print the coupon.

Wining & Dining

The Signature Café and Bar offers light fare and a full bar you can enjoy before or after the show.

  • Tuesday – Saturday: 12 noon – 12 midnight
  • Sunday: 12 noon – 5:30 pm

Hours may vary.


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