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Joaquina Kalukango

The Brightest Lights On Broadway: Joaquina Kalukango

In the new Broadway musical, “Paradise Square,” the actress steps into a leading role

Originating a role in a brand-new Broadway musical like Paradise Square “was a huge dream of mine,” says Joaquina Kalukango, who was Tony-nominated for her performance in Slave Play in 2020. By all accounts, Kalukango blows the roof off the Barrymore Theatre as Nelly O’Brien, the owner of a saloon in Manhattan during the Civil War. “I feel a strong connection with Nelly’s bullshit meter,” Kalukango adds. “She can spot a liar a mile away, and so can I.”