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Opens 9 Nov 2017
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Stephen Flaherty's bittersweet musical based on both Romeo and Juliet and The Little Mermaid is Broadway-bound in 2017, with official dates and theatre to be announced! First premiering in 1990, this socially-aware fairytale musical went onto win critical acclaim on Broadway, and an Olivier Award when it transferred to London in 1994. Watch as the power of love unites people of all races and classes, thanks to one young woman's ultimate sacrifice.
Our story takes place on Haiti during the early 20th century, where the populace is heavily segregated between the darker-skinned peasants who struggle for a living, and the lighter-skinned rich people, descendants of the white plantation owners and their slaves. A young girl, Ti Moune is swept away from her village by a sudden flash flood, and the island gods save her life, fore-tlling that she has an important destiny.
Years later, and now a beautiful young woman, having been raised by a childless peasant couple, Ti Moune is yearning for adventure, and longs to be like the fairer-skinned rich folk who drive in fast cars on the island. Two of the gods use her as a pawn in a bet; what is more powerful, love or death?
In a scene reminiscent of The Little Mermaid, Ti Moune rescues a handsome light-skinned man from his crashed car during a flash flood storm orchestrated by the gods; desperate to keep him from dying, she makes a deal with Death: his life for her soul. What transpires is a heartbreaking journey of unrequited love, pain but ultimate redemption for everyone on the island.
Once On This Island will be produced by Ken Davenport (Spring Awakening, It's Only a Play) and directed by Michael Arden (Spring Awakening) when it arrives on Broadway in 2017.
Previews from: 9 November 2017
Opening night: 3 December 2017
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