St. Patrick’s Day is next Monday and Once, the Tony-winning Broadway musical set in Dublin, is celebrating all this week. Starting today and continuing until Sun. March 16, cast members will perform a special selection of traditional Irish songs during the pre-show. Selections will include “Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye,” “The Leaving of Liverpool,” and “Rocky Road to Dublin.”
Once opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater on March 18, 2012 after hit runs at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., and Off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop. It won eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical. It also won Best Musical from the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, the Lortel Awards, and the New York Drama Critics Circle. The show, based on the Oscar-winning 2007 film, features a book by Enda Walsh and music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, who also starred in the film, and direction by John Tiffany (The Glass Menagerie). The story focuses on a street musician who falls in love with a charming Czech immigrant. She encourages him to follow his dreams and record his songs.
The current cast is headed by Paul Alexander Nolan as Guy and Joanna Christie as Girl. Also in the company are Adam Wesley Brown, Laurel Griggs, David Patrick Kelly, Katrina Lenk, Brandon McGibbon, Anne L. Nathan, Madeleine Pace, Andy Taylor, Carlos Valdes, Erikka Walsh, Paul Whitty, and J. Michael Zygo.