Once: A New Musical
As I reported back in January, a musical of the movie Once was being planned for a Fall 2011 debut on Broadway. Well, it’s now officially Fall, (almost Winter, I suppose), and the Once musical is in fact, currently playing in our fair city pretty much as originally promised. The reason for my slight equivocation in that last sentence is that Once did not make a splashy debut on the Great White Way, but rather an inauspicious one at the Off Broadway New York Theatre Workshop. To purchase discounted tickets to Once, visit NYTW.org and use code ONCED2, or call 212-279-4200 and use code ONCED2. Discounts are valid on performances through December 4.
In other related news, The Swell Season Movie is currently screening in select cities and will be released on DVD on March 12, 2012.
Read the synopsis for Once: A New Musical after the jump.
November 15 – January 1
Book by Enda Walsh Music & Lyrics by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
Based on the Motion Picture Written & Directed by John Carney
Music supervisor Martin Lowe
Movement by Steven Hoggett
Directed by John Tiffany
The creators of the acclaimed Black Watch, director John Tiffany and choreographer Steven Hoggett, join forces with playwright/screenwriter Enda Walsh (Penelope, Hunger, The Walworth Farce) to bring the hit independent film ONCE, winner of a 2007 Academy Award for the hit song “Falling Slowly,” to the stage.
On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolves into a powerful but complicated love story, underscored by the emotionally charged music that has made ONCE an international sensation.
ONCE will feature sets and costumes by Tony Award-winning designer Bob Crowley (The History Boys, Mary Poppins), lighting by Tony Award-winner Natasha Katz (Aida, The Coast of Utopia), and music supervision by Martin Lowe (Mamma Mia!).