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Closed January 4, 2015

Transporting! Once is the most romantic show on Broadway. It speaks volumes about the power of music and connection.

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Why See Once?

Winner of Eight Tony Awards

Based on the 2006 Oscar winning indie sleeper-hit, Once is the low-key Broadway hit that has re-defined the modern musical, telling the story of a wistful Dublin romance.

Told in a rapturous pub, the audience is invited to join in with the actors/musicians, who's double talents heighten the organic feel of the show, creating an irresistible hootenanny vibe that keeps you at the heart of the action, with songs such as Academy Award winning 'Falling Slowly' and 'Leave'.

With subtle choreography and a charming, minimalistic approach to staging that The New York Times called distinctive and unlike anything previously seen on Broadway, this swelling and celebratory production will pull at your heartstrings with its existential and accepting nature that encompasses everybody.

What is Once about?

A passive busker named Guy is playing guitar when he meets Girl, with whom he shares a connection through a mutual love of music. The shy kindred spirits start to make music together, mixing their complementary style to create a melancholic folk-rock sound that explores the themes of love and loss.

Over the course of a week their lives change forever, there is poignancy and where there is a joyous celebration of love, there is also a bitter-sweet feeling that will stick with you long after you've left the theatre. This will not disappoint fans of the original movie and new theatre.

Did you know

Director John Carney sketched out the outline for the original movie in five minutes when sitting in a cafe in Dublin in 2004, because he was missing his girlfriend who'd taken a job in London.

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Additional Information


Previews from: 28 February 2012

Opening night: 18 March 2012


Contains limited profanity, including the "f" word, but is otherwise an extremely wholesome show. Children under the age of four are not permitted in the theatre.

Run time

Two hours and 15 minutes, including intermission

Cast and Creative


Paul Nolan: Guy
Jessie Fisher: Girl
David Abeles: Eamon
Carlos Valdes: Andrej
Katrina Lenk: Reza
David Patrick Kelly: Da
Jillian Lebling: Ivanka [Alternate]
Eliza Holland Madore: Ivanka [Alternate]
Anne L. Nathan as Baruska
Lucas Papaelias as Svec
Andy Taylor as Bank Manager
Erikka Walsh as Ex-Girlfriend
Paul Whitty as Billy
J. Michael Zygo as Emcee


Author: Enda Walsh
Music & Lyrics: Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
Director: John Tiffany
Movement: Steven Hoggett
Set and Costume Design: Bob Crowley
Lighting Design: Natasha Katz
Sound Design: Clive Goodwin
Lyrics by: Glen Hansard and Mark?ta Irglova
Music by: Glen Hansard and Mark?ta Irglova
Book by: Enda Walsh



8 Awards

Best Musical
Best Book of a Musical: Enda Walsh
Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical: Steve Kazee
Best Direction of a Musical: John Tiffany
Best Orchestrations: Martin Lowe
Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Bob Crowley
Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Natasha Katz
Best Sound Design of a Musical: Clive Goodwin

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