PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Backstage at Broadway's Once and the "Letterman" Set With J. Michael Zygo

By Matthew Blank
11 Apr 2012

The cast of Broadway's Once performed on "The Late Show With David Letterman" March 29 before heading to the Jacobs for their evening performance. Company member J. Michael Zygo documented this special two-performance day for Playbill.com.



Zygo offers a look at his early-day routines routines, soundcheck and performance at the famous Ed Sullivan Theatre and behind the scenes at show's home on 45th Street.



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In the stairwell on our way to soundcheck for Letterman!!
Photo by J. Michael Zygo



The new musical opened March 18, following previews that began Feb. 28, at Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. The production transferred to Broadway from an Off-Broadway engagement at New York Theatre Workshop in 2011.

The cast of Once features Steve Kazee (110 in the Shade, Spamalot) as Guy and Cristin Milioti (Off-Broadway's That Face, Stunning, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter) as Girl. Also in the troupe are David Abeles, Will Connolly, Elizabeth A. Davis, David Patrick Kelly as Guy's Da, Anne L. Nathan as Girl's mother, Lucas Papaelias, Ripley Sobo, Andy Taylor, Mckayla Twiggs, Erikka Walsh, Paul Whitty and J. Michael Zygo.

Here's how the producers characterize the musical: "[Once] tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. 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. Brought to the stage by an award-winning team of visionary artists and featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actor/musicians, Once is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty... and unforgettable in every way."

Tickets for the Broadway production are on sale via Telecharge.com or by phone at (212) 239-6200.

For more information, visit www.oncemusical.com.