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Paradise Blue By Dominique Morisseau Extends Its Off-Broadway Premiere

Ruben Santiago-Hudson directs the production at the Pershing Square Signature Center.

Dominique Morisseau's Paradise Blue has added a week to its off-Broadway run at the Pershing Square Signature Center.
(© David Gordon)

Signature Theatre has announced a one-week extension for its New York City premiere of Dominique Morisseau's Paradise Blue, directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson. The production, which opens on May 14, will now run through June 10. Preview performances begin April 24 at the Pershing Square Signature Center.

Paradise Blue is the first play of Morisseau's Signature Residency 5, which will include three productions over the course of five years. The cast features Francois Battiste (Head of Passes), Kristolyn Lloyd (Dear Evan Hansen), Simone Missick (Luke Cage), J. Alphonse Nicholson (Tales), and Keith Randolph Smith (Jitney).

The story is described as follows: "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."

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