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Broadway Debut: Paradise Square with Masi Asare
Monochrome photo of lyricist Masi Asare.
Masi Asare photographed by Bronwen Sharp

What is a favorite memory from this season?

I remember during the Chicago tryout of Paradise Square going up to the very top level of the balcony lobby of the Nederlander Theatre during tech to write lyrics for a new duet we put in during previews. It meant so much to be working in the first show in that theatre (and, for nearly all of our wonderful company, the first in-person show) since the start of the pandemic. It felt like we were waking up this historic, very ornate theatre from its long nap.

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Masi Asare
Masi Asare

is a composer/lyricist, playwright, voice teacher, and performance scholar. She is assistant professor of theatre and performance studies at Northwestern University, and divides her time between New York City and Chicago. Her shows include The Family Resemblance, Rishvor, Monsoon Wedding, Mirror of Most Value: A Ms. Marvel Play, Paradise Square (currently playing at Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre), and the secret agent musical Sympathy Jones.