Theatre Communications Group (TCG) has announced the publication of the new musical Once, with book by Enda Walsh and music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová - and the publication of The Lyons, the vicious and hilarious new play by Nicky Silver.
The celebrated new musical, Once, is based on the Academy Award-winning film that premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2011 before moving to Broadway the following spring, where it is enjoying an open-ended run. Once received eleven Tony Award nominations and eight wins, including Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical.
Retaining the film's heartfelt music and lyrics, Once tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together. Once is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty and unforgettable in every way.
Enda Walsh is the author of five Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award-winning plays, including Penelope, The Walworth Farce and The New Electric Ballroom. He also co-wrote the film Hunger, which won the Camera d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová are the stars and songwriters of the 2006 film, Once, for which they won an Academy Award for Best Song. The two comprise the musical folk-rock duo, The Swell Season, which is currently on a world tour. A documentary film of the duo, The Swell Season, was an official selection of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Hansard is also a member of the Irish band, The Frames, and Irglová is a classically trained Czech pianist and vocalist.
Once by Enda Walsh with lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
Paperback 80 pages
Also by Enda Walsh, available from TCG Books:
Penelope: Paperback $13.95 978-1-55936-387-7
The Small Things and Other Plays: Paperback $18.95 978-1-55936-403-4
The Walworth Farce/The New Electric Ballroom: Paperback $15.95 978-1-55936-354-9
The critically acclaimed black comedy, The Lyons, premiered Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre in fall 2011 before moving to Broadway the following spring, earning a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Play.
Nicky Silver has cornered the market on deliciously savage family comedies with this intimate and frightening examination of how we cope with loneliness and disappointment. In The Lyons, Rita Lyons is the matriarch of a family facing a major crossroads. Her husband, Ben, is dying and her grown children are struggling. As the family gathers in Ben's hospital room, they discover that they're as terrified of being together as they are of being alone.
Nicky Silver's plays include seven which have premiered at Vineyard Theatre: Pterodactyls (Oppenheimer Award, Kesselring Award, Drama Desk nomination, Outer Critics Circle nomination), Raised in Captivity (Drama Desk nomination, Outer Critics Circle nomination), The Eros Trilogy, The Maiden's Prayer, My Marriage to Ernest Borgnine (Vineyard Lab Production), The Altruists, Beautiful Child and The Agony and the Agony (Vineyard Lab Production). Other notable plays include Three Changes (Playwrights Horizons), The Food Chain (Outer Critics Circle nomination), Fat Men in Skirts, Fit to be Tied, Free Will and Wanton Lust (Helen Hayes Award), the new book for the Broadway revival of the Rodgers and Hart musical, The Boys from Syracuse, and more.