Hailey Kilgore has been announced to star as Ti Moune in the upcoming fall Broadway revival of Once on This Island, which will begin previews November 9 in advance of a December 3 opening night at the Circle in the Square Theatre.
The 18-year-old actor, a student at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy prior to her casting, will make her Broadway debut in the revival.
The musical, which was first produced on Broadway in 1990, follows peasant girl Ti Moune and her star-crossed romance with a young man from the wealthy side of her island, a world ruled by four island gods. The role was originated on Broadway by LaChanze, who earned a 1990 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical.
Watch the story of Kilgore’s casting in the video at the top.
The revival of the Lynn Ahrens-Stephen Flaherty musical will also feature Phillip Boykin (Tonton Julian), Merle Dandridge (Papa Ge), Quentin Earl Darrington (Agwe), Alysha Deslorieux (Andrea), David Jennings (Armand), Kenita R. Miller (Mama Euralie), Alex Newell (Asaka), Isaac Powell (Daniel), and Lea Salonga (Erzulie).
The Storytellers for this production include Darlesia Cearcy, Rodrick Covington, Cassondra James, David Jennings, Grasan Kingsberry, Tyler Hardwick, Loren Lott, T. Oliver Reid, and Aurelia Williams.
The new production will be directed by Tony nominee Arden and choreographed by Camille A. Brown. Orchestrator Michael Starobin and vocal arranger AnnMarie Milazzo have created new arrangements with non-traditional instruments and found objects for this new take on the story.
The company will also feature Darlesia Cearcy, Rodrick Covington, Cassondra James, David Jennings, Grasan Kingsberry, Tyler Hardwick, Loren Lott, T. Oliver Reid, and Aurelia Williams.