PHOTO CALL: Once, With Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti, at New York Theatre Workshop

News   PHOTO CALL: Once, With Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti, at New York Theatre Workshop
Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti play the Guy and the Girl, respectively, in Once, the new stage musical based on the hit indie film of the same name. The show gets its world premiere at New York Theatre Workshop.

Previews under the direction of John Tiffany (Black Watch) began Nov. 15 prior to a Dec. 6 opening.

The 2007 film featured musician-actors Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová (who won the Academy Award in 2008 for Best Original Song for the film's signature number "Falling Slowly"), who wrote additional music and lyrics for the new stage property, which has a libretto by Enda Walsh (The Walworth Farce, Penelope and The New Electric Ballroom). The film was written and directed by John Carney.

Here is a first look:

In addition to Kazee (known for Broadway's To Be or Not To Be, 110 in the Shade) and Milioti (NYTW's Little Foxes and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Broadway's Coram Boy), the cast of Once features David Abeles, Claire Candela, Will Connolly, Elizabeth A. Davis, David Patrick Kelly, Anne L. Nathan, Lucas Papaelias, Andy Taylor, Erikka Walsh, Paul Whitty and J. Michael Zygo.

Here's how NYTW characterizes the work: "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 movement director Steven Hoggett (Peter and the Starcatcher, Black Watch); musical supervisor Martin Lowe (Mamma Mia!); set and costume designer Bob Crowley (The Coast of Utopia); lighting designer Natasha Katz (Aida, The Coast of Utopia); sound designer Clive Goodwin.

The independent Irish film "Once" was made for $150,000; shot in 17 days; and grossed $20 million worldwide.

Hansard and Irglová won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Music, and the film's soundtrack was nominated for two Grammy Awards.

Once was developed in a spring workshop presentation at American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA. The Off-Broadway company includes many of those players.

Hansard, the frontman for the Irish alternative rock band The Frames, and Czech singer-songwriter Irglová went on a world tour after the "Once" soundtrack album went gold in early 2008. With some members of The Frames, they released a follow up album, "Strict Joy," under the name the Swell Season, in the fall of 2009. They now tour with that group.

Once runs Nov. 15-Jan. 15, 2012. Tickets may be purchased online at, 24 hours a day, seven days a week or by phoning Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200. For more information, visit

New York Theatre Workshop is at 79 E. 4th Street, between Bowery and Second Avenue in the East Village.

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