PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Behind the Scenes on "The Today Show" Set With Broadway's Once

News   PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Behind the Scenes on "The Today Show" Set With Broadway's Once
The cast of Once, the new stage musical based on the Oscar-winning film about an Irish singer-songwriter who meets a muse in the person of a Czech immigrant, performed on NBC's "Today" the morning of April 6. photographer Monica Simoes was invited to join the cast at the taping and document their behind-the-scenes experience at the NBC studio.

The new musical opened March 18, following previews that began Feb. 28, at Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. The production transferred to Broadway from an Off-Broadway engagement at New York Theatre Workshop in 2011.

The cast of Once features Steve Kazee (110 in the Shade, Spamalot) as Guy and Cristin Milioti (Off-Broadway's That Face, Stunning, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter) as Girl. Also in the troupe are David Abeles, Will Connolly, Elizabeth A. Davis, David Patrick Kelly as Guy's Da, Anne L. Nathan as Girl's mother, Lucas Papaelias, Ripley Sobo, Andy Taylor, Mckayla Twiggs, Erikka Walsh, Paul Whitty and J. Michael Zygo.

Here's how the producers characterize the musical: "[Once] tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together. Brought to the stage by an award-winning team of visionary artists and featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actor/musicians, Once is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty... and unforgettable in every way." Tickets for the Broadway production are on sale via or by phone at (212) 239-6200.

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"The Today Show" airs from 7-10 AM ET on NBC. "New York Live" airs in the New York metropolitan area on WNBC-4 at 3 PM ET. Check local listings.

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