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
Opening night is Monday, May 14.
The show is now EXTENDED to June 10, and EXTENDED AGAIN through June 17.
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 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 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
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.
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).
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
Tuesday – Sunday: 11 am – 6 pm
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.