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The story begins during The Panic of 1837 when banks were failing all over New York and corrupt banker Gideon Bloodgood is about to empty his bank and abscond. A dastardly deed occurs – witnessed by a lone clerk – and his bank is saved. Fast-forward 20 years to The Panic of 1857 and the chickens come home to roost. The Streets of New York is indeed a tale of two cities where power and wealth live alongside poverty and hunger. Sound familiar? Boucicault’s 19th Century world fits right into our 21st with its darkness and restrictions. But our story, with its heartfelt music and songs, fills our stage with hope and the victory of the power of good. One day soon, we will surely be headed in that light-filled direction.
Based on Dion Boucicault’s play of the same name and with adaptation, songs & direction by Charlotte Moore, The Streets of New York was first staged at Irish Rep in 2002, when it was nominated for two Drama League Awards. The production also ran at the Westport Country Playhouse in 2003.
Charlotte Moore’s musical adaptation of Dion Boucicault’s 19th-century play The Streets of New York brings a message of goodness and hope to the stage just in time for the holiday season. Get The Streets of New York tickets on TodayTix.
The Streets of New York is a musical that opens during the financial Panic of 1837. The bank owner Gideon Bloodgood knows the stock market is about to crash, so he schemes to take all the money in the bank and flee before he loses it. But when a captain personally deposits his savings with Bloodgood and promptly dies, Bloodgood pockets it and stays put, no longer worried about his finances. As he thrives, the captain’s family suffers in poverty, and they must expose Bloodgood’s shady dealings and get the money back.
Intertwined with this plot is a love triangle involving Bloodgood’s daughter, who wants to secure a place in high society by marrying a man born into it, Mark Livingstone. But he, too, has lost his fortune and wants to marry the woman he actually loves — the daughter of the deceased captain. Everyone has their own agenda, be it getting money or love. The Streets of New York is a show filled with scheming and intrigue, leaving you wondering until the last moment whether good will prevail over evil.
The original The Streets of New York Off-Broadway production in 2001 received two Drama League nominations. Charlotte Moore, who wrote the adapted libretto, composed the music and lyrics, and directed the show, received praise for taking “a forgettable play and [turning] it into a small but gleaming musical theater jewel,” as a TheaterMania critic put it at the time. Now, Moore returns to direct her musical once again at Irish Repertory Theatre, joined by original music director Mark Hartman and choreographer Barry McNabb.
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December 4th, 2021
January 30th, 2022
Irish Repertory Theatre
The Streets of New York is indeed a tale of two cities where power and wealth live alongside poverty and hunger. But this musical adaption fills the Irish Rep stage with hope and the victory of the power of good.
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