Sunday, May 26, 2024

Broadway: “Paradise Square” Closes After Cast Fights for Salaries, Producer Barred from Doing Another Show


The videos below are from actor Jamal Christopher Douglas. He’s in the cast of “Paradise Square,” which closes Sunday in a cloud of shame. Producer Garth Drabinsky, an ex con who was convicted of fraud and spent time in prison, was allowed to produce this musical. Throughout its short run money disappeared, the cast and crew weren’t paid, it was a scandal on the Great White Way.

Douglas reported this week that Drabinsky once again missed payroll. In the second video, the actor confirms they were eventually paid because the cast went public.

Actors Equity and the Broadway League have now voted to ban Drabinsky from ever producing a Broadway show again. No one should do business with him. What a shame that this whole experience ended so badly. Maybe down the line another producer will revive “Paradise Square” under happier — and honest — circumstances.

@iamlamaj #paradisesquaremusical ♬ original sound – Jamal Christopher Douglas

@iamlamaj #paradisesquaremusical #broadway #broadwayButGhetto ♬ original sound – Jamal Christopher Douglas

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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