Tony Winner Once to Be Licensed by MTI

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The romantic musical will be made available for stock and amateur productions.
Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti in Once.
Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti in Once. Joan Marcus

Theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI) has secured worldwide licensing rights to Broadway’s Once, the romantic musical that won the 2012 Tony Award as Best Musical. The show will be made available for professional, stock and amateur productions.

The book was written by Enda Walsh, who won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical, retaining many of the songs written by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, including the Academy Award-winning “Falling Slowly.” The musical premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2011, before transferring to Broadway in 2012.

Set in modern-day Dublin, Once tells the story of a Guy who gave up on his music—and his love—and the Girl who inspired him to dream again. The cast also serves as the orchestra. A minimalist set is used, including a bar in center stage with chairs lining stage left and right. Exiting cast members simply step to the side of the stage and sit down. They serve as the orchestra from these chairs. The bar is used before the show and at intermission as a working bar for theatre patrons.

Once is a wonderful show that works so well on many levels,” said Drew Cohen, president of MTI. “It’s a beautifully told romance that avoids predictability, a musical that’s accessible and achieves simplicity through careful attention to detail. We have heard from many of our customers around the world that they are looking forward to sharing this with their audiences.”

The musical is currently playing around the United States on a national tour.

For more information about MTI and licensing, call (212) 541-4684, visit or email

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