MARQUEE VALUE: Once at the Jacobs Theatre

Marquee Value   MARQUEE VALUE: Once at the Jacobs Theatre Once, the folky Irish pop stage musical inspired by the hit independent film, will begin previews at Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre Feb. 28 and open March 18.

photos by Monica Simoes

It features the Academy Award-winning music and lyrics of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, a book by award-winning Irish playwright Enda Walsh (Penelope, Misterman, The New Electric Ballroom), direction by John Tiffany (the acclaimed Scottish director of Black Watch) and movement by Steven Hoggett (Black Watch, American Idiot). Musical supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Lowe. The cast of Once features Steve Kazee as Guy and Cristin Milioti as Girl. Also in the company are David Abeles, Claire Candela, Will Connolly, Elizabeth Davis, David Patrick Kelly, Anne L. Nathan, Lucas Papaelias, Andy Taylor, Erikka Walsh, Paul Whitty and J. Michael Zygo.

Here's how the producers characterize the show: "On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician (Guy) and a Czech immigrant (Girl) are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolves into a powerful but complicated love story, underscored by the emotionally charged music that has made Once an international sensation."

The creative team includes set and costume designer Bob Crowley (The Coast of Utopia, Mary Poppins), lighting designer Natasha Katz (Aida, The Coast of Utopia) and sound designer Clive Goodwin.

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