Musical producer

Former Rep. Crowley is embarking on a new role as a Broadway producer

A former lawmaker lifts the lid on a new role: Broadway producer.

Former Rep. Joseph Crowley (DN.Y.) celebrates the Broadway premiere of ‘Paradise Square,’ which premiered over the weekend with a premiere attended by New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D).

It was after his stunning Democratic primary defeat to then-political newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2018 that Crowley said an old friend called him and got him interested in the musical. .

“I just fell in love with the material,” Crowley said.

The show follows the lives of Black Americans and Irish immigrants in New York’s notorious Five Points slum during the Civil War.

“It’s based on historical events. It’s great dancing, and just great music and acting. It’s just off the charts,” Crowley told ITK the morning after the show kicked off at the Ethel Barrymore Theater on Broadway.

When asked which was harder, cutting it on Capitol Hill or the cutthroat world of Broadway, Crowley laughed, “They all come with their challenges, there’s no doubt about it. But if there was any worry about life after Congress, it was exhilarating, great fun, and great joy.

Calling his involvement in the production something he “didn’t expect”, Crowley, 60, said: “You never know what’s going to happen, and I never could have worked on that for that I was in Congress.”

But the political spectacle may not be completely over for Crowley.

“Life takes twists and turns, and I don’t know where it’s going to end with me,” he said, when ITK asked if he could make a return to Capitol Hill.

“I’m not antithetical,” he said, while adding that life after Congress has allowed him to work in the private sector – he’s a senior policy adviser at the law firm Squire Patton Boggs – and to spend more time with their family.

Crowley expects to welcome some of his former colleagues to come see the show, saying many lawmakers are theater fans.

“Congress and politics are also somewhat performative, so I think there’s an appreciation for acting, and what these actors do on a regular basis — it’s pretty remarkable.”