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Paradise Blue by Dominique Morisseau
April 8 - April 16
Williamstown Theatre Festival will present Dominique Morisseau’s Paradise Blue, a new audio performance in their 2021 season, available on Audible starting March 25. The play directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson stars André Holland, Kristolyn Lloyd, Simone Missick, Keith Randolph Smith, Blair Underwood. The play premiered at Williamstown Theatre Festival live in 2015.
It’s 1949 in Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood, and there’s no better place to hear or play jazz than Paradise Club. Blue (Emmy Award winner, Grammy Award winner, and 2020 Tony Award nominee Blair Underwood), club owner and trumpeter, can wail like no other, but as forces outside the club conspire to irreparably change life inside and outside Paradise’s walls, he must decide whether to stay or sell.
Beholden to his girlfriend (Grammy Award winner Kristolyn Lloyd) and fellow bandmates (André Holland and Keith Randolph Smith), Blue faces an uncertain future as he reckons with his troubled past. When Silver (Simone Missick), a smooth and mysterious newcomer from Louisiana, steps onto the scene, everyone in Paradise must choose how to survive and if they can thrive.
Tony Award nominee Dominique Morisseau‘s drama, directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, had its world premiere at Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2015.