In 1949, Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood is gentrifying. Blue, a troubled trumpeter and the owner of Paradise Club, is torn between remaining in Black Bottom 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 the first production of Obie Award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau’s Signature Residency. Directed by Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Piano Lesson, Jitney), it is a thrilling and timely look at the changes a community endures to find its resilience.
“Critics’ Pick! Powerful and exciting! A truthful portrait of human suffering, awakening, and transformation in a gritty, changing city.”
– Sara Holdren, New York Magazine
“Four stars! Haunting!”
– Raven Snook, Time Out New York
“A nearly perfect production!”
– Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter