By Michael Gioia
11 Mar 2014
"I love the charm of this show and think Melbourne audiences will particularly fall for its beautiful songs and warm and wonderful storytelling," said producer John Frost in a statement.
The musical features the collection of songs about longing and heartbreak from the original film by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. It has been adapted for the stage by Enda Walsh and director John Tiffany, who will also helm the Australian production.
Based on the Irish film of the same name, Once, according to press notes, "follows the tender romance of a struggling Irish busker and a piano-playing Czech immigrant." Opening night is set for Oct. 4.
Casting for the Australian production will be announced at a later date.
The creative team also includes Steven Hoggett (movement), Martin Lowe (musical supervisor, orchestrations and additional material), Bob Crowley (set and costume designer), Natasha Katz (lighting designer) and Clive Goodwin (sound designer).
Once is presented by Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr, Patrick Mulling Smith, Frederick Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson, Orin Wolf and John Frost in association with New York Theatre Workshop and Melbourne Theatre Company.