Why See Once On This Island?
Tony Award-Winning Musical!
Best Musical Revival at the 2018 Tony Awards!
Stephen Flaherty's bittersweet musical based on both Romeo and Juliet and The Little Mermaid is here! 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.
The cast for this Broadway revival is led by Tony winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Allegiance). Watch as the power of love unites people of all races and classes, thanks to one young woman's ultimate sacrifice. This critically acclaimed production has been nominated for seven Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical and a cast award for Kenita R. Miller.
What is Once On This Island about?
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 (played by newcomer Hailey Kilgore) 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
Might not be suitable for children under 10 years of age. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
90 minutes, no intermission
Cast and Creative
Lea Salonga as Erzulie
Darlesia Cearcy as Erzulie
Loren Lott as Ti Moune
Alex Newell as Asaka
Merle Dandridge as Papa Ge
Quentin Earl Darrington as Agwe
Phillip Boykin as Tonton Julian
Alysha Deslorieux as Andrea
Isaac Powell as Daniel
Kenita R. Miller (Mama Euralie)
Darlesia Cearcy, Rodrick Covington, Alysha Deslorieux, Tyler Hardwick, Cassondra James, David Jennings, Grasan Kingsberry, Loren Lott, T. Oliver Reid, Ximone Rose, Anthony Wayne and AureLia Williams.
Produced by Ken Davenport and Hunter Arnold
Directed by Michael Arde
Written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Tony Awards, 2018 - Wins
Best Revival of a Musical
TONY AWARDS, 2018 - Nominations
Best Revival of a Musical
Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical - Hailey Kilgore
Best Scenic Design of a Musical
Best Costume Design of a Musical
Best Lighting Design of a Musical
Best Sound Design of a Musical
Best Direction of a Musical - Michael Arden
DRAMA DESK AWARDS, 2018 - Wins
Outstanding Lighing Design for a Musical
DRAMA DESK AWARDS, 2018 - NOMINATIONS
Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical - Kenita R. Miller
Outstanding Set Design for a Musical
Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical
Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical
The LaDuca Award for Outstanding Choreography
DRAMA LEAGUE AWARDS, 2018 - NOMINATIONS
Distinguished Performance Award - Hailey Kilgore, Alex Newell
Outstanding Revival Of A Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical
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What we thought
BEAUTIFUL captivating Unbeatable
I was moved to tears by the beauty of this production
I was moved to tears by the beauty of this production, the beauty seen in every aspect. Each member of this company enhances this island community, with neither adding any more or less than the other!Read full review
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