London's upcoming Once On This Island has found its leads. The Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre revival will play the outdoor theatre May 10—June 10, with opening night set for May 17.
Starring in the production will be Olivier nominee Gabrielle Brooks (Get Up Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical) as Ti Moune and Stephenson Ardern-Sodje (Hamilton, A Midsummer Night's Dream) as Daniel. Full casting will be announced at a later date.
Ola Ince will direct the production, helming the creative team which will comprise musical supervisor Phil Bateman, lighting designer Jessica Hung Han Yun, sound designer Nick Lidster, designer Georgia Lowe, fight director Philip d'Orléans, musical director Chris Poon, choreographer Kenrick ‘H2O’ Sandy, costume designer Melissa Simon-Hartman, and casting director Jacob Sparrow.
The Tony- and Olivier-winning musical Once On This Island features a book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens with music by Stephen Flaherty. Based on the novel My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy, Once On This Island follows Ti Moune, a peasant girl living on a Caribbean island, and a boy called Daniel. Prejudice forbids the connection they form, but can Ti Moune win against a wager against the Gods that love is more powerful than death? Ince described the musical in a statement as "a poignant, moving, and politically charged."