The Théâtre de la Ville will present PARADISE BLUE by Dominique Morisseau

City Theater has announced the fourth show of its 2021/2022 subscription season, Paradise Blue by Dominique Morrisseau, featuring original compositions by jazz artist Theron Brown. The production is led by kent nickrecently appointed artistic director of The interim companybased in New York.

Back at the City Theater for the third time, Dominique Morrisseau (Pipeline, Sunset Baby) takes us to gentrified Detroit for haunting drama mixed with jazz and intrigue. The year is 1949 and club owner and trumpeter Blue must choose between escaping his demons and the human cost of leaving the only home he has ever known.

“The muscle of Paradise Blue lives in the fabric of cities like Pittsburgh that have struggled to firmly hold the cultural identity of the global majority navigating the wrath of gentrification. Bringing this story to life on stage gives voice to many of those who fight to claim neighborhoods that carry the history and pride of their people,” said Monteze Freeland, Co-Artistic Director and Cast Member of City Theater. “The opportunity to return to the stage after a two-year hiatus to play inside this haunting tale is the homecoming I’ve been waiting for! Doing it with brilliant artists such as Wali, Rafael, Eunice, Melva, Kent, Theron and the City team fills me with insurmountable joy.”

To celebrate Pittsburgh’s rich jazz history, the City Theater is collaborating with MCG Jazz (North Side) to present a concert featuring original music composed for the show. This event, made possible by the Heinz Endowments Creative Development Fellowship, will take place on Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the MCG Jazz Concert Hall (1815 Metropolitan Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15233). For more details visit

“Pittsburgh has a rich history in the birth and home of some of the greatest musicians in the world,” says composer Theron Brown, “MCG Jazz, as an organization, plays an important role for this culture and this community, and I am grateful to work with them. in collaboration with the Théâtre de la Ville.

Paradise Blue is directed by kent nick and features Monteze Freeland performers, Melva GrahamWali Jamal, Raphael Jordanand Eunice Woods; with scenography by Edward E. Haynes Jr., lighting design by Jason Lynchcostume design by Suzanne Tsumusical composition by Theron Brown and sound design by Howard Patterson. The production team also includes Samuel Muñoz as fight choreographer, EDIA consultant Cecile Shellman, Malic Maat as playwright/assistant director, and Tomé Cousin as intimacy coordinator. Patti Kelly is production manager and Taylor Meszaros is assistant manager.


VACCINES ARE MANDATORY for all members of the public. Guests will need to be fully immunized with the Moderna, Pfizer, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine and must show proof of vaccination upon entering the theater with their valid ticket.

Proof of vaccination must come directly from the health care provider who performed the vaccination. Customers can view proof on a smartphone or present a physical copy. Digital vaccination passport applications are also acceptable.

The only exceptions are:

  • Guests under the age of 12, who must be accompanied by an adult who meets the site’s vaccination requirements; Where

  • clients who require reasonable accommodation due to a medical exception or sincere religious belief.

For clients who cannot be vaccinated for any of the reasons listed above, they must provide one of the following proofs in lieu of proof of vaccination:

  • negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within 24 hours of the performance start time, or

  • negative COVID-19 PCR test performed within 72 hours of performance start time.

Entry will be refused to guests who do not provide the required documents above.

All staff members and patrons will also be required to wear masks that cover their mouths and noses inside the City Theater.

The City Theater continues to monitor the Covid-19 pandemic and will continue to adapt its mitigation and safety policies. All City Theater staff, performers and volunteers are fully vaccinated. Additionally, the organization expanded and reconfigured its public lobby to provide greater distance and updated its HVAC and filtering systems (MERV-13).

Customers are welcome to visit for all current Covid-19 policies which are regularly updated based on current scientific guidelines and recommendations.

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