Up to 125 for Five Points dance tale | Larry Kirwan

Bridget Riley


By Larry Kirwan


Have you ever looked up at a Broadway stage and wondered just how a riveting performer got there? I can assure you it did not happen without hard work and fierce determination.

Many have special gifts, and they’re all talented, but the sheer effort that goes into getting cast in a top-of-the-line musical is extraordinary.

Cyndi Lauper once put it to me in her inimitable manner, “Anyone can give one hundred percent; it’s what do you got at 120 or 125 that counts?”

We’ve just completed two weeks of sold-out previews and Paradise Square opens at Berkeley Rep Thursday night, January 10. Some of you will remember the project began as Hard Times at Nancy Manocherian’s the…

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