Lottery Announced for Tickets to Broadway's Once; Previews Begin Feb. 28 | Playbill

News Lottery Announced for Tickets to Broadway's Once; Previews Begin Feb. 28
The producers of Once, the new Broadway musical based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning film about an Irish busker and a Czech immigrant, will offer a lottery ticket program that allows theatregoers the chance to snag orchestra seats for $26.50 each.

Steve Kazee in Once.
Steve Kazee in Once. Photo by Joan Marcus

The production begins previews Feb. 28 and opens March 18 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre at 242 W. 45th Street.

A limited number of tickets for each performance will be sold through the lottery. Entries will be accepted at the Bernard B. Jacobs Box Office beginning two-and-a-half hours prior to each performance; each person will print his or her name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) he or she wishes to purchase on a card that is provided. Two hours before curtain, names will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $26.50 each.

Only one entry is allowed per person, per performance. Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Tickets are subject to availability and must be paid for in cash.

Lottery will not be available on March 18.

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 or by phone at (212) 239-6200. Visit

Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti in <i>Once</i>.
Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti in Once. Photo by Joan Marcus

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