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Once the Musical, the Academy Award-winning Film Becomes a Broadway Musical

A New Musical During the 2012 Broadway Season


Once the Musical, the Academy Award-winning Film Becomes a Broadway Musical

'Once' Poster for new Broadway Musical


Opening during the 2012-2013 Broadway season, Once the Musical is a new musical based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning film of the same name. Once began Preview performances at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on February 28, 2012, with an Opening Night set for March 18, 2012.

Once follows the tumultuous week-long romance of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant whose paths cross at an Irish pub. Drawn together by their love of music, the "Guy" and the "Girl" experience a roller coaster of emotions as their collaborative friendship rapidly becomes an explosive, unexpected affair. During that fateful week, the "Guy" and the "Girl" give in to the emotional and creative whirlwind as they learn about each other and their cultures through music.

Once is a musical celebration of life, love, and the transformative power of music. The book was written by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter, Enda Walsh, who penned Penelope, Hunger, and The New Electric Ballroom. The stage musical features the Academy Award-winning music and lyrics of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, which can be heard on the upcoming original Broadway cast recording.

In April 2011, Once the Musical was developed at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, under the watchful eye of Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Producer Diane Borger. Once got a developmental run in December 2011 at the famed New York Theatre Workshop, where the Tony-winning musical Rent got its start. The production's sold-out engagement required a two-week extension into January 2012, earning the momentum for a Broadway run.

Cast & Creative

Black Watch's John Tiffany directs with movement provided by American Idiot's Steven Hoggett. Music supervisor and Orchestrator duties are performed by Martin Lowe who worked on Mamma Mia!

The cohesive look of the scenic and costume design were overseen by five time Tony Award-winner Bob Crowley who won Best Set Design Tonys for Carousel, Aida, The History Boys, The Coast of Utopia, and Mary Poppins. The Lighting plot was designed by Tony-winning Lighting Designer Natasha Katz, who won Tonys for Aida and The Coast of Utopia. Sound design is by Clive Goodwin.

Featured in the lead roles of "Guy" and "Girl" are Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti, respectively as 'Girl.' Performing in the ensemble of Once are David Abeles, Will Connolly, Elizabeth A. Davis, David Patrick Kelly, Anne L. Nathan, Lucas Papaelias, Ripley Sobo, Andy Taylor, Mckayla Twiggs, Erikka Walsh, Paul Whitty, and J. Michael Zygo.

Producers for Once include Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson, Orin Wolf, The Shubert Organization, as well as Executive Producer Robert Cole, in association with New York Theatre Workshop.

Cast Album

An original Broadway cast recording (OBCR) will be released on March 13, 2012, by Masterworks Broadway, a label of Sony Masterworks. The cast album will feature 16 songs from the show.


1. The North Strand
2. Leave
3. Falling Slowly
4. The Moon
5. Ej Pada Pada Rosicka
6. If You Want Me
7. Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy
8. Say It To Me Now
9. Abandoned In Bandon
10. Gold
11. Sleeping
12. When Your Mind's Made Up
13. The Hill
14. It Cannot Be About That
15. Gold (A Cappella)
16. Falling Slowly (Reprise)

Film Turned Broadway Musical

Written and directed by John Carney, Once starred its composer, Glen Hansard, and lyricist, Markéta Irglová, featuring their original music.

An independent Irish film, Once had a budget of $150,000, and was filmed in 17 days. The film went on to earn more than $20 million worldwide, garnering critical acclaim for its stars and musical Glen Hansard, of the Irish rock band The Frames, and Markéta Irglová. Hansard and Irglová won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Original song for their tune “Falling Slowly.” They also won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Music, and the film's soundtrack was subsequently nominated for two Grammy Awards.

Once the Musical plays eight shows per week at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre located at 242 West 45th Street. For tickets, visit the show's website.

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