Toronto Production of Once, Featuring All-Canadian Cast, Opens Tonight

News   Toronto Production of Once, Featuring All-Canadian Cast, Opens Tonight
 
Ian Lake and Trish Lindström, two actors with numerous credits from the Stratford Festival, lead the Toronto sit-down production of the Tony-winning musical Once, which officially opens Feb. 22 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre.

Lake, who stars as Guy, has performed at Stratford in such classics as Mary Stuart, Othello, Elektra, Cymbeline, The Homecoming, Twelfth Night, The Winter's Tale, As You Like It, Bartholomew Fair, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Caesar & Cleopatra and Love's Labour's Lost.

Lindström, who plays Girl, was recently seen at the Stratford Festival as Alice in Alice Through the Looking-Glass and as Titania/Hermia in Peter Sellars' A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Chamber Play. Other Stratford highlights include The Tempest, Cabaret and The Miracle Worker.

David Mirvish presents the production, which is on sale through May 31. Previews began Feb. 10. 

The cast also includes Stephanie Cadman as Ex-Girlfriend, Nathan Carrol as Andrej, Emily Lukasik as Reza, Jon-Alex MacFarlane as Bank Manager, Brandon McGibbon as Svec, Donna Garner as Baruska, Stephen Guy-McGrath as Billy, Laurie Murdoch as Da, Brendan Wall as Eamon and Jeremy Walmsley as Emcee with Ben Camenzuli, Gabi Epstein, Justin Raisebeck, Alicia Toner and Seana-Lee Wood. Set in modern-day Dublin, Once, according to press notes, "tells the story of Guy, an Irish musician who has given up on his music — and his love — and Girl, a Czech immigrant who inspires him to dream again. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together."

Once is based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning film of the same name. The stage adaptation is brought to life by book writer Enda Walsh, director John Tiffany and movement director Steven Hoggett. Music supervision and orchestrations are by Martin Lowe, with set and costume design by Bob Crowley, lighting design by Natasha Katz and sound design by Clive Goodwin.

The production won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. 

Visit Mirvish.com/Shows/Once.

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