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This show closed on January 6, 2019

About Once On This Island



See Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child in the musical where rain falls, fire burns, wind blows, and hearts soar. Set on a stunningly detailed re-creation of a sea-swept Caribbean village, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND surrounds the audience with the vibrant story of a woman who travels far and wide to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. Along the way, you’ll feel breezy winds, the heat of real fire, sand beneath your feet, and take in the scents of authentic island cooking. Plus, you can watch real animals play alongside our cast featuring Glee’s Alex Newell, American Idol’s Tamyra Gray, and Ragtime’s Quentin Earl Darrington. As soon as the show begins, you’ll know why you had to see it at once.

Photos by Joan Marcus.

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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.”

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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.

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Run Time

90 minutes, no intermission

Start Date

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After seeing this imaginative and dynamic musical, you may feel once is not enough!
Time Out New York
What a delight it is to enter the world of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND!
The New York Times
Exhilarating theater! It’s impossible to resist!

Circle in the Square Theatre

235 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

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