“As a Hispanic immigrant, there is a shared knowledge we have with everybody who immigrates to America,” says Moisés Kaufman, the theater veteran who this season directed his first Broadway musical, “Paradise Square.” The show is nominated for 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Kaufman, artistic director and founder of Tectonic Theater Project, told Broadway News that “Paradise Square” is the only musical on Broadway directed by a Hispanic person. The show resonates with him on a different level.
“You never really leave the country that you leave, and you never really land in the country where you land. Your heart is always divided between the two places.”
Set in 1863, “Paradise Square” centers on a group of Black Americans and Irish immigrants living together in the Five Points neighborhood of Lower Manhattan.