Cast of Broadway-Bound Once Records Cast Album Jan. 17

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17 Jan 2012

Steve Kazee in <i>Once</i>.
Steve Kazee in Once.
Photo by Joan Marcus

The Off-Broadway company of the new musical Once gathers Jan. 17 to record a cast album of the unique ensemble-driven show based on the hit indie film. A March release will coincide with the show's previously announced commercial move to Broadway. 

Masterworks Broadway, a label of Sony Masterworks, will release the cast recording. An album producer will be named. The recording session is Jan. 17, two days after the show ended its Off-Broadway run at New York Theatre Workshop in the East Village.

Once, an intimate show about a Dublin busker called Guy, whose performance and songwriting efforts are encouraged by a Czech musician-muse named Girl, will begin performances on Broadway Feb. 28 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 W. 45th Street). The official opening is March 18.

The show based on the Academy Award-winning film concluded a sold-out run at Off-Broadway's New York Theatre Workshop Jan. 15. The entire troupe — including Steve Kazee as Guy and Cristin Milioti as Girl — will move uptown. The show is filled with actor-musicians who play characters, sing together and accompany each other on a range of instruments, creating a rare organic, communal and theatrical experience.

The musical has a book by Enda Walsh (Penelope) and music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, who played the would-be lovers in the film and wrote its songs, including the Academy Award-winning "Falling Slowly. "



The show's score also includes subsequent songs by The Swell Season (Hansard & Irglová's band) — as well as Irish and Czech folk songs.

The score is orchestrated and arranged by music supervisor Martin Lowe. Expect Guy on guitar, Girl on piano (as in the film) and a supporting cast on mandolin, melodica, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, accordion, bass, drums and many other instruments.

Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
photo by Monica Simoes

The songs do not seek to tell this simple story in a brash in-character way; this is a new era of show tune where music punctuates and gives expressive life to the characters' moods and hopes. (After the Guy and Girl and their pals have a 24-hour recording session, there is an a cappella number that defies convention and description, and has helped create buzz for the show.)

The company also includes 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.

John Tiffany (Black Watch) directs. Movement is by Steven Hoggett (Black Watch, American Idiot).

The set and costume designs are by five-time Tony Award winner Bob Crowley (The Coast of Utopia, Mary Poppins), lighting design is by Tony winner Natasha Katz (Aida, The Coast of Utopia) and sound design is by Clive Goodwin.

Read Playbill's story about the Off-Broadway engagement. Tickets for the Broadway production are now on sale via Telecharge.com or by phone at (212) 239-6200.

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The 2007 Academy Award-winning film "Once" was written and directed by John Carney.

Once began performances at NYTW on Nov. 15, 2011, and opened Dec. 6. Prior to that, it played a developmental engagement at the American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, MA, in April 2011.

Once is produced by Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson and executive producer Robert Cole.

For more information, visit www.oncemusical.com or MasterworksBroadway.com.