Francois Battiste, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Keith Randolph Smith & Kristolyn Lloyd. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Keith Randolph Smith, Simone Missick, Francois Battiste, Kristolyn Lloyd, J. Alphonse Nicholson in Ruben Santiago-Hudson Helmed PARADISE BLUE by Dominique Morisseau at Signature Theatre

J. Alphonse Nicholson & Kristolyn Lloyd. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
J. Alphonse Nicholson & Kristolyn Lloyd. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The Signature Theatre (Paige Evans, Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert, Executive Director; James Houghton, Founder) production of Paradise Blue by Obie Award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau and directed by Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson has been extended one week. The production, which opens on May 14, will now run through June 10, 2018 in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues).

Francois Battiste, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Keith Randolph Smith & Kristolyn Lloyd. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Francois Battiste, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Keith Randolph Smith & Kristolyn Lloyd. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The cast includes Obie Award-winner Francois Battiste (Head of Passes, “Ten Days in the Valley”), Kristolyn Lloyd (Dear Evan Hansen, The Liquid Plain), Simone Missick (“Luke Cage”), J. Alphonse Nicholson (“Tales,” “Luke Cage”), Keith Randolph Smith (Malcolm X, Jitney).

Keith Randolph Smith & Kristolyn Lloyd. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Keith Randolph Smith & Kristolyn Lloyd. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

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. Paradise Blue is a thrilling and timely look at the changes a community endures to find its resilience.

Simone Missick & Kristolyn Lloyd. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Simone Missick & Kristolyn Lloyd. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

The creative team includes Neil Patel (Scenic Design), Clint Ramos (Costume Design), Rui Rita (Lighting Design), Darron L West (Sound Design), Kenny Rampton (Original Music), Bill Sims, Jr. (Music Director), Charles G. LaPointe (Hair & Wig Design), Thomas Schall (Fight Director). Laura Wilson is the Production Stage Manager. Casting by Caparelliotis Casting.

Simone Missick. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Simone Missick. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Paradise Blue is generously supported by the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater. Special thanks to Time Warner Foundation, Inc., The Michael and Betty Rauch Fund for Residency 5, and The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting the Residency 5 Program. Dominique Morisseau’s Residency 5 is generously supported, in part, by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Kristolyn Lloyd & J. Alphonse Nicholson. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Kristolyn Lloyd & J. Alphonse Nicholson. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

To purchase tickets for all Signature Productions or to subscribe to the 2018-19 Season, call Ticket Services at 212-244-7529 (Tues. – Sun., 11am – 6pm) or visit www.SignatureTheatre.org.

Keith Randolph Smith & Simone Missick. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Keith Randolph Smith & Simone Missick. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Kristolyn Lloyd & J. Alphonse Nicholson. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Kristolyn Lloyd & J. Alphonse Nicholson. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

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