On February 10th, 2023, we hosted the premiere of the music from Broadway-bound musical Five Points at the historic Madam Walker Legacy Center Theatre, with music/lyrics by Douglas Lyons, music by Ethan Pakchar, and book by Harrison David Rivers.
The cast featured Tony winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful), Josh Kaufman (The Voice), Aisha Jackson (Frozen), T. Oliver Reid (Hadestown), Michael Wordly (The Color Purple), David Owens (The Voice), Morgan Wood (Hamilton), Jackson Mullen, and Scott Van Wyke.
The musical is set in New York City in 1863 amidst the tumult of the Civil War. The story chronicles the journeys of Willie Lane, a young African-American performer at the famed Almack’s Dance Hall, and John Diamond, an Irish immigrant and former jig champion. Inspired by the confluence of African American and Irish cultures and the birth of American tap dance, Five Points tells the story of two men who risk everything for the chance to be a part of the American Dream.