Running since February 2012 After a high-profile Off-Broadway run this new musical based on the Irish independent film of the same title transferred to Broadway, where it has captured the hearts of critics and audiences alike. Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Set in a Dublin pub, "Once" is the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant who become unlikely friends and collaborators. Over the course of a single week they create an album of raw, emotional music, and their relationship evolves into a complicated romance.
The cast presents a rousing Irish jam session for 30 minutes before each performance. Audience members can visit the onstage bar for a pre-show drink or intermission refreshment....a remarkable bit of verisimilitude, and a rare treat for theatergoers who've always wanted to be on a Broadway stage!
Here are some clips from the Off-Broadway production of "Once" at New York Theatre Workshop. Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti, who sing the Oscar-winning song "Falling Slowly," are no longer in the production.
"Once" was directed by John Tiffany and choreographed by Steven Hoggett, creators of the National Theatre of Scotland's highly-acclaimed "Black Watch" (a theatrical collage about Scottish soldiers in Iraq - read about it here), and features sets and costumes by 5-time Tony-winner Bob Crowley.
For info on the 2006 Irish film "Once," click here.
2012 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical (Steve Kazee), Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, Best Sound Design of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Orchestrations.
2012 Drama Desk Awards: Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical, Outstanding Lyrics, Outstanding Orchestrations.
2012 Outer Critics Circle Awards: Outstanding New Broadway Musical, Outstanding Book of a Musical, Outstanding Director of a Musical.