New in 2017 A revival of the hit musical that follows a peasant girl and her star-crossed romance with a young man from the wealthy side of her island, which is ruled by four island gods. Begins November 9th.
From the producers: "Once On This Island" is the tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. When their divided cultures threaten to keep them apart, Ti Moune, guided by the island gods, sets out on a remarkable quest to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.
"Once On This Island" is based on the 1985 novel "My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl" by Rosa Guy. It is set in the French Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. The show includes elements of the "Romeo and Juliet" story and elements of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Little Mermaid." The musical was originally staged at Off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons in 1990 before transferring to Broadway later that year. A West End production opened in 1994, where it won the 1995 Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Here's a number from the original Broadway production at the 1991 Tony Awards:
The musical features a score by "Anastasia" and "Ragtime" duo Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty. A new sound has been created for the revival, stripping the score of its traditional pit orchestra and utilizing objects such as trash bins and piping. Tony nominee Michael Arden ("Spring Awakening") directs.