A COVER STORY: Once | Playbill

Once, the new Broadway musical based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning film about an Irish busker and a Czech immigrant, begins previews Feb. 28 and opens March 18 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre at 242 W. 45th Street.
















Once features a book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter, Enda Walsh (Penelope, Hunger, The New Electric Ballroom), the Academy Award-winning music and lyrics of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, direction by the acclaimed John Tiffany (Black Watch), movement by Steven Hoggett (Black Watch, American Idiot) and music supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe (Mamma Mia!). The set and costume design are by five time Tony Award winner Bob Crowley (The Coast of Utopia, Mary Poppins). The lighting design is by Tony winner Natasha Katz (Aida, The Coast of Utopia). The sound design is by Clive Goodwin.

The cast of Once features Steve Kazee as "Guy" and Cristin Milioti as "Girl." Also in the company are 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.

Once is produced by Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson, Orin Wolf, The Shubert Organization, and Executive Producer Robert Cole.

The folk/indie-pop-kissed musical, according to production notes, "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."

The 2007 film was written and directed by John Carney, and starred Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, with original music and lyrics by Hansard and Irglová, who won the Oscar for the song "Falling Slowly," which is prominently featured in the new musical.

As reported, the cast album will be released by Masterworks Broadway on March 13.

Tickets for the Broadway production are now on sale via Telecharge.com or by phone at (212) 239-6200. Visit www.oncemusical.com.

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