Once On This Island
About Once On This Island
8 TONY AWARD NOMINATIONS including BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
“What a delight it is to enter the world of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND!” raves The New York Times. Time Out New York cheers, “After seeing this imaginative and dynamic musical, you may feel once is not enough!”
This is the sweeping theatrical power of "Once on This Island"—the universal tale of Ti Moune (2018 Tony Award nominee Hailey Kilgore), a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods (played by Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, Glee’s Alex Newell, American Idol’s Tamyra Gray, and "Cats’" Quentin Early Darrington), Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.
The groundbreaking vision of two-time Tony Award nominated director Michael Arden ("Spring Awakening" revival) and acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown (NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live) conjures up “a place where magic is possible and beauty is apparent for all to see!” (The Huffington Post).
Gather around for "Once on This Island"—the musical NY1 hails as “exhilarating theater! It’s impossible to resist!” And where the timeless power of theatre brings us together, moves our hearts and helps us weather the storm.
Photos by Joan Marcus.
This fable-like tale follows a young peasant girl, Ti Moune, who was saved by the gods at a young age from a terrible destructive flood on the Caribbean island she calls home. She grows up in the arms of adoptive parents, who love her and care for her, as the gods continue to protect her. However, when the grand hommes, the bourgeoius descendants of the French who live on the other side of the island, she falls in love with Daniel, a grand homme whose car crashes in a storm. Ti Moune nurses him back to health, but quickly learns that their different social classes might prevent them from being together. But love is stronger than pain, and Ti Moune strives to find a way to be with her love, though the four gods try to help and thwart her quest.
This heartwarming show boasts some of Ahrens and Flaherty’s best songs, including “We Dance,” “Waiting For Life,” “Some Say,” and “Mama Will Provide,” and the age-old story about the power of family, youth, and love will move you in new ways. The New York Times raves that Michael Arden’s revival of the musical, the first on Broadway since the original production, is “ravishing.” “Mr. Arden gives the performers the kind of backdrop that both grounds them and provides contrast for their big, bold emotions. He has also aced every theatrical trick he’s torn from the ancient handbook, freshening the show, and the tricks, in the process.”
What To Watch For
- Get to the theater early. The cast comes out onstage before the show begins, and you may even spot some special live animals.
- Songwriters Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty only spent six months writing the show. The musical was their first Broadway show.
- The musical is based on the 1958 novel “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy.
- Hailey Kilgore who stars as Ti Moune was cast after a nationwide casting search. She left school to star in the show, which is her Broadway debut.
90 minutes, no intermission
235 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019
Over the years, Circle in the Square Theatre has offered some of America's finest actors the chance to take on demanding roles in an atmosphere free of commercial pressure. Circle encouraged these actors to make bold choices and responded to their desire to explore plays that fall outside the popular repertory. The commitment to the presentation of plays not normally produced on Broadway allowed Circle in the Square audiences to see challenging material unavailable to them elsewhere.