Broadway fans will be excited to find out that ONCE, a Broadway musical will play at the Fox Theatre for a limited one-night engagement on October 11.
The musical is based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning film of the same name which was written and directed by John Carney, and starred Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, with original music and lyrics by Mr. Hansard and Ms. Irglová.
Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. It’s emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, and ONCE draws you in from the very first note. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams... not living in fear... and the power of music to connect all of us. This tour will include the pre-show onstage bar where the performers play random selections each night, and the audience can be on stage and interact with the musicians.
J. Michael Zygo, who performed in the Broadway production as the Emcee, will be recreating the original concept and staging by John Tiffany and original movement by Steven Hoggett.
As an original Broadway and Off-Broadway cast member, he feels a special attachment to the incredible work realized by the original cast and creative team.
Zygo’s recent credits include Director of Once at Pittsburgh CLO and Music Director /Associate Choreographer of Once at The Fulton Theatre /Virginia Repertory Theatre.
The cast is led by Jack Gerhard as Guy and Mariah Lotz as Girl. Jack is a recent graduate of Rider University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Previous regional credits include Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Tibbits Opera House in Coldwater, Michigan. Mariah is also a graduate of Rider University and has premiered in numerous new shows in New York and was part of the Rising Star program at Fifth Avenue Theatre. The ensemble includes Todd Aulwurm (Bank Manager/Cello/Guitar), Carrie Lyn Brandon (Swing), Carlos Castillo (Andrej/Electric Bass/Guitar/Ukulele), Trevor Lindley Craft (Svec/Mandolin/Guitar/Drum Set/Banjo), Richard Daniel (Da/Mandolin), Elleon Dobias (Ex Girlfriend/Violin/Percussion), Emily Gregonis (Reza/Violin), Caleb Hartsfield (Emcee/Guitar), Jody Alan Lee (Swing), Sam Saint Ours (Swing), Jon Patrick Penick (Billy/Guitar/Percussion), Marta Rymer (Swing), Matthew Staley (Eamon/Guitar/Piano/Cajon), Tracy Thomas (Baruska/Accordion/Concertina) and Gianna Winston (Ivonka).
The production features scenic and costume design by Tony Award winner Bob Crowley (Aida, An American in Paris, Carousel, Mary Poppins) with set coordination by BroadwayWorld winner Evan Adamson (Mamma Mia), lighting design by Russell A. Thompson (international tour of The Wizard of Oz, US tours of Million Dollar Quartet, Fiddler on the Roof) and sound design by David Temby (Clearwing Productions/national tour of Memphis).
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