ONCE to Launch National Tour October 2013 in Providence
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by BWW News Desk
ONCE, winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Theater Album, announced today it will open its first North American tour at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI beginning performances on October 1, 2013.
The tour is also scheduled to head to Chicago, Toronto, Orlando, Miami, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles and San Diego. Additional tour dates to be announced.
ONCE, which was also named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critic Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards, is currently running on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre where it started performances on February 28, 2012 and opened March 18, 2012. .
ONCE features the Academy Award-winning music and lyrics of Glen Hansard andMarkéta Irglová, a book by award-winning Irish playwright & screenwriter, Enda Walsh(Penelope, Hunger, The New Electric Ballroom), direction by the acclaimEd Scottish director of Black Watch, John Tiffany,movement by Steven Hoggett (Black Watch, American Idiot) and music supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe (Mamma Mia!). The set and costume design are by five time Tony Award winner Bob Crowley(The Coast of Utopia, Mary Poppins), lighting design is by Tony winner Natasha Katz(Aida, The Coast of Utopia), and sound design is by Clive Goodwin.
ONCE is the celebrated new musical based on the Academy Award-winning film. It 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. Brought to the stage by an award-winning team of visionary artists and featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actor/musicians, ONCE is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty... and unforgettable in every way.
The Oscar winning independent Irish film, Once was made for $150,000. Shot in 17 days, it went on to gross $20M worldwide becoming a critically acclaimed international smash. It starsGlen Hansard, from the popular Irish Rock band The Frames, and Markéta Irglová. Glenand Markéta won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Original song for "Falling Slowly," the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Music, and the soundtrack was nominated for two Grammy Awards.
A developmental run of ONCE at New York Theatre Workshop (James C. Nicola andWilliam Russo) began performances on November 15, 2011 and opened December 6. The production broke box office records and concluded a sold out engagement including a two week extension through January 15, 2012.
ONCE is produced by Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith,Frederick Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson, Orin Wolf, The Shubert Organization and Executive Producer Robert Cole, in association with New York Theatre Workshop.