Rising Quickly, Once Will Play Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre Starting Feb. 28
By Kenneth Jones
Once, the folky Irish pop stage musical inspired by the hit independent film, will move to Broadway following its current Off-Broadway run, commercial producers announced on Dec. 6, shortly after the start of its opening-night performance at New York Theatre Workshop.
Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson and executive producer Robert Cole are taking the show to Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre for a first preview Feb. 28, 2012, and an opening night of March 18. Broadway tickets go on sale 12:01 AM Dec. 7 via telecharge.com.
Once is now playing to Jan. 15 at NYTW on East Fourth Street. Read Playbill's story about the Off-Broadway engagement. 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.
Once began at NYTW Nov. 15. It played a Boston engagement at American Repertory Theatre in spring 2011.
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