A Look at Darlesia Cearcy and Merle Dandridge in Once on This Island

Production Photos   A Look at Darlesia Cearcy and Merle Dandridge in Once on This Island
The actors have stepped into the roles of Erzulie and Papa Ge in the Tony Award-winning revival.
Quentin Earl Darrington, Darlesia Cearcy, Alex Newell, and Merle Dandridge Joan Marcus

Darlesia Cearcy and Merle Dandridge have begun performances as Erzulie and Papa Ge, respectively, in the Tony Award-winning revival of Once On This Island, which currently plays Circle in the Square.

Cearcy, who has been part of the Once On This Island company since the production opened last fall, succeeded Tony Award winner Lea Salonga as the goddess of love. Dandridge originated the role of Papa Ge, god of death, and returns for a limited engagement through August 19.

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Once on This Island unfolds as a group of storytellers—caught in the midst of an unrelenting storm—recount the tale of Ti Moune, a Caribbean island country girl in love with an aristocrat. The musical is based on the novella My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy.

Directed by Tony nominee Michael Arden (Deaf West’s Spring Awakening), Once on This Island officially opened to raves December 3, 2017, at Circle in the Square. The musical features book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, the Tony-winning writing team behind Ragtime and Anastasia.

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