Stage Adaptation of ‘Once’

OncelogoAfter its’ initial off-Broadway run, ONCE has been adapted for the stage and is debuting on Broadway in NYC at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on March 18, 2012, with previews beginning on February 28, 2012.

ONCE features a book by award-winning Irish playwright & screenwriter, Enda Walsh (Penelope, Hunger, The New Electric Ballroom), the Academy Award-winning music and lyrics of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, direction by the acclaimed John Tiffany (Black Watch), 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.

The cast of ONCE features Steve Kazee as ‘Guy’ and Cristin Milioti as ‘Girl.’ Also in the company are David Abeles, Claire Candela, Will Connolly, Elizabeth A. Davis, David PatRick Kelly, Anne L. Nathan, Lucas Papaelias, Andy Taylor, Erikka Walsh, Paul Whitty, and J. Michael Zygo.

ONCE was originally developed at the American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, Massachusetts) in April 2011; Diane Paulus, Artistic Director; Diane Borger, Producer.

A developmental run of ONCE at New York Theatre Workshop 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 15th, 2012.

Portrait by Squigs at


27 February 2013: European opening night coverage at The Gaiety in Dublin: video interviews from RTE; photos from the red carpet; article in the Irish Times.

22 February 2013: Hot Press Interview with Marketa, Glen, John Tiffany and Enda Walsh on the eve of the ONCE European premiere in Dublin.

22 February 2013: Video footage from a photo shoot with the Dublin/London cast of ONCE.

10 February 2013: ONCE Cast Album Wins Grammy Award as Best Musical Theater Album

10 June 2012: ONCE wins 8 Tony Awards (Best Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical – Steve Kazee, Best Direction of a Musical – John Tiffany, Best Book of a Musical – Enda Walsh, Best Orchestration – Martin Lowe, Best Sound Design of a Musical – Clive Goodwin, and Best Lighting Design – Natasha Katz). Photos at Theater Mania and Broadway World and RTE. Additional coverage at the Irish Examiner.

3 June 2012: ONCE wins four Drama Desk Awards (Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Director – John Tiffany, Outstanding Lyrics – Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, and Outstanding Orchestrations – Martin Lowe)

1 May 2012: ONCE is nominated for 11 Tony Awards (Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical – Enda Walsh, Best Actor in a Musical – Steve Kazee, Best Actress in a Musical – Cristin Milioti, Best Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical – Elizabeth A. Davis, Best Scenic Design of a Musical – Bob Crowley, Best Lighting Design of a Musical – Natasha Katz, Best Sound Design in a Musical – Clive Goodwin, Best Choreography – Steven Hoggett, Best Direction – John Tiffany, Best Orchestration – Martin Lowe).

29 April 2012: ONCE is nominated for 5 Drama Desk Awards (Best Musical, Best Director – John Tiffany, Best Music – Glen and Mar, Best Lyrics – Glen and Mar, Best Sound Design – Clive Goodwin)

24 April 2012: ONCE is nominated for 3 Drama League Awards (Best Musical, Best Performance Lead Actor, Best Performance Lead Actress)

29 March 2012: ONCE is nominated for seven Lucille Lortel Awards (Outstanding Musical, Director, Choreographer, Lead Actress, Scenic Design, Lighting Design, and Sound Design) to be presented on 6 May 2012.

Interviews with the cast and clips from the show (by OnceMusical)

Musical highlights (by Playbillvideo)


Broadway Reviews:
Wall Street Journal
Brooklyn Vegan
Interview with Steve at NBC New York
Interview with John Tiffany at The Daily Record
Huffington Post
Washington Square News
The Southern Star
My Central Jersey
Hollywood Soapbox
Wall Street Journal Theater
Record Online

USA Today
Broadway and Me

Irish Central
Pop Matters
Stage Rush

AM New York
The Celebrity Cafe
Huffington Post Blog
New York Observer

Opening Night, 18 March 2012
Video interview at on opening night
Video interview at RTE
with Glen, Brian Carmody (producer) and Enda Walsh (playwright) on opening day
(including text of Steve’s curtain call speech, beautiful.)
Video interview with Glen and Mar at BBC America
Video diary by Steve Kazee on opening night at
Photos from
Photos from the @OnceMusical instagram feed
Photos at Broadway World of the Opening Night Arrivals, Premiere Bows, Opening Night Party
New Jersey Newsroom

New York Post

New York Daily News
Chicago Tribune
The Faster Times

Hollywood Reporter

Associated Press

New York Times

Los Angeles Times

Bloomberg News

Philadelphia Inquirer

Broadway Previews:
Interview with Anne L. Nathan and Lucas Papaelias at
Interview with Steve at Playbill
Interview with Cristin at New York Post
Interview with Steve at New York Times
Irish Times
Los Angeles Times
MSN Music
Interview with Steve Kazee at Huffington Post
Interview with Cristin Milioti at
Show Showdown
Interview with Cristin at
Broadway World (video clips of show)
Irish Central (interview with Glen and Mar)
Vogue Magazine (with video clip of ‘Gold’)
Entertainment Weekly
(with video clips)
EW Popwatch (interview with Glen and Mar)
BroadwayWorld (video interview with Glen, Mar, Steve and Cristin)

Cast Recording Reviews:

Video clips and interviews from the recording studio (by OnceMusicalVEVO)

Falling Slowly in the recording studio (by OnceMusicalVEVO)

SF Gate
New York Times

Edge on the Net
23 March 2012 – The Cast Recording debuts at #1 on Billboard’s Cast Album Chart
Video footage – behind the scenes of the cast recording at Spinner
Theater Mania
The Wrap

NPR stream

Update 10 February 2012: The cast recording is set to be released on March 13, 2012.

Update 11 January 2012: A ‘trailer’ for the musical was posted by NY Theatre Workshop

Update 9 January 2012: A cast recording will be recorded in January and released soon thereafter, according to

Update 6 December 2011: A Broadway transfer was officially confirmed soon after the opening-night curtain went up. Following its downtown run, “Once” will move to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, beginning previews February 28 for a March 18 opening.

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once-musical1The movie Once has been adapted for the stage and is debuting off-Broadway in NYC at the New York Theater Workshop . Tickets are now available at that link! Playwright Enda Walsh has written the book (the story & non-musical portion of a musical). We’ll continue to add items as we find them…

Off-Broadway Reviews:
Irish Echo
The Globe and Mail
Chicago Tribune

Broadway World

Interview with Glen and Mar from opening night at Playbill
Edge New York

Entertainment Weekly

Hollywood Reporter

Irish Times

Photos from opening night at Broadway World
Huffington Post
AM New York
The Irish Echo
Bloomberg Business Week
New York Post
New York Times
SF Gate
Theater Mania
New York Daily News

Off-Broadway Previews:
New York Times Arts Beat

Financial Times Theatre & Arts

Hollywood Reporter

Village Voice Blog Broadway-aimed ‘Once’, The Musical That Has Crowds ‘Falling Slowly’, opens in NYC

NPR: ‘Once’ and Again: A Love Story Gets a Second Life

Showbiz 411: Indie Film ‘Once’ Returns as Off-Broadway Gem

tdf Stages: ‘Once’ Again

New York Times: A Second Arrival for ‘Once’

The Wall Street Journal: ‘Once’ Brings Audiences, And Drinks, Into The Action
Gothamist: Once Musical Broadway-Bound, Once it Proves itself Downtown
NY Press: Once a Better Fit for Downtown Crowd
LA Times (in the 24 Frames blog, ha): Once Makes the Leap From Screen to Stage
Paste Magazine: Once to Become Off-Broadway Production Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova’s Once set of Off Broadway Once is Heading for Off-Broadway