When I get good enough, I’m gonna dance here at Almack’s.
Mister Pete will announce my name.
“Next up – John Diamond, Junior!”
And I’ll take the stage.
I’ve been practicing. See?
(JUNIOR begins to dance.)
8M, 5W, 1 child
New York City. 1863. Set amidst the tumult of the Civil War, Five Points 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.
World premiere, Theatre Latte Da, Minneapolis, MN, 2018: dir. Peter Rothstein
Workshop, Goodspeed, East Haddam, CT, 2018: dir. Peter Rothstein
Workshop, NEXT Festival, Theatre Latte Da, Minneapolis, MN, 2017: dir. Peter Rothstein
"Ambitious, audacious and touching... 'Five Points' is already a hit." --Pamela Espeland, MinnPost
Full Review: https://www.minnpost.com/artscape/2018/04/five-points-ambitious-audacious-and-touching-cantus-macphail
"An exciting musical that's traditional in structure, gorgeously designed, fantastically performed, with many thrilling moments of dance... must see..." --Jill Schafer, Cherry & Spoon
Full Review: http://www.cherryandspoon.com/2018/04/five-points-by-theater-latte-da-at-ritz.html
"There's a lot to like in "Five Points," beginning with Ethan D. Pakchar and Douglas Lyons' poppy songs and Harrison David Rivers' idiomatic book... not to be missed" --Chris Hewitt, The Star Tribune
Full Review: http://m.startribune.com/theater-latte-da-s-world-premiere-five-points-is-packed-with-showstoppers/479097333/?section=variety
"A stellar production... The story and the message have so much to offer our fragmented society, which knows too little of the history that brought us to this point. This is musical theater with a mission: bring it on!" --Arthur Dorman, Talkin' Broadway
Full Review: https://www.talkinbroadway.com/page/regional/minn/minn728.html