Once On This Island
Imagine laying on the sand in a beautiful, picture-perfect setting on an island in the Caribbean Sea. The winds are blowing softly, the tiny, hypnotizing waves are crashing at your feet, the white beach feels like an endless silk carpet, all for you to enjoy. If you’re looking to be transported to one of this islands through a Broadway show, then definitely go and see “Once On This Island”, one of the most amazing revivals in the industry. Filled with joyous musical pieces, inspiring lyrics and relaxing decors, this musical is going to make you crave for your next beach vacation. Find the best tickets to “Once On This Island – The Musical” and everything that it is to be known about the play in this article.
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On a small island in the Caribbean Sea, there’s a huge thunderstorm one night, and a small girl is crying. Trying to comfort her, the elders of the island tell her the story of a young peasant girl who exchanged her life for love. The story starts with Ti Moune, the main character, who is rescued by the gods of the island when she is young after a storm wipes out her village. Growing up, Ti is asking the gods to give her life meaning, and she makes a pact with them: in exchange for love, she must give up her own life.
The story follows the road Ti Moune adventures on in seeking Daniel Beauxhomme, one of the island’s richest, who Ti saves from a car crash in her earlier years. Ti Moune finally founds the love of her life in a luxurious hotel on the island, but soon finds out that he is married and can’t make her relationship with a peasant public. Ti Moune gets her heart broken, but as the pact has it, she is soon put to death by the gods and is transformed into a tree which celebrates life and love, regardless of race, ethnicity and social status.
Past, Present, Future
The original production for “Once On An Island” dates back to 1990, when the first Off-Broadway play was put to the test for the audiences. The play ran from May 6th until May 27th at the “Playwrights Horizons” theater. The original Broadway production ran from October 18th, 1990 to December 1st, 1991 at the “Booth Theater”, with a total of 469 curtains and 19 additional previews.
The play also had an original West End production in 1994, at the “Birmingham Rep” and then transferred to London’s “Royalty Theater”, now “Peacock Theater” in September of the same year. The play won the “Olivier Award” for “Best New Musical”. The musical was revived at the West End in 2009 at the “Hackney Empire” theater in London. Director was Susie McKenna.
The play was finally revived on Broadway on December 3rd, 2017 with direction by Michael Arden and production by Ken Davenport. Choreography was executed by Camille A. Brown, with cast composed by Hailey Kilgore playing Ti Moune, Isaac Powell playing Daniel, Alysha Deslorieux playing as wife-to-be Andrea, Phillip Boykin playing adoptive father Tonton Julian, Kenita R. Miller playing adoptive mother Mama Euralie, Alex Newell as God of Earth Asaka, Merle Dandridge as God of Death Papa Ge, Quentin Earl Darrington as God of Water Agwe, Lea Salonga as God of Love Erzulie and David Jennings as French aristocrat Armand.
The production team includes Lynn Ahrens as book and lyrics writer, Stephen Flaherty as the music producer, Dane Laffrey as scenic designer. The current production of the play is set at the “Circle in the Square” Theater in midtown Manhattan, on 50th Street, in the Paramount Plaza building.
About the director
Michael Arden is one of the youngest Broadway directors currently in business, at just 35 years of age. He is a born Texan and besides directing, he is known for his acting, singing and composing talents. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his direction of the revival of “Spring Awakening”. He won the “Outer Critics Circle” for “Outstanding Director of a Musical” and was also nominated for a “Drama Desk” award for the production. His debut on Broadway was with the production of “Big River”, both in “Deaf West” and “Roundabout” theaters.
You can find the best tickets for “Once On This Island” on the official website of the musical, www.live-once-on-this-island.pantheonsite.io, where there’s also a full and up-to-date schedule for the productions. Ticket prices go from $89 to as high as $300 for a premium seat. The theater only allows for Orchestra seats due to its design.
Productions for the musical are set for every day of the week except for Thursdays, with two curtains on Saturdays and Sundays, at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM on Saturdays and 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM on Sundays and one curtain on the rest of the days of the week, at 2, 7 or 8:00 PM. Definitely check out places like SeatGeek and StubHub for a chance to get better ticket prices.
Facts about “Once On This Island – The Musical”
- The musical is one of the few on Broadway which is played in a single act, being composed off of 20 musical numbers;
- Hailey Kilgore who plays Ti Moune in the musical is just 18 years old, and has played in just one other theatrical production before being casted for the leading role in “Once On This Island”.