Tony Award-winning musical Once continues run at Actors’ Playhouse

The cast of Once is pictured. (Photo by Alberto Romeu)

The cast of Once is pictured. (Photo by Alberto Romeu)

Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre continues its milestone 30th Anniversary Season with Once, winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, playing through Mar. 25.

Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, the company’s production will include members from the original Broadway cast as well as several actors who have performed the show regionally.

Once has book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh. Based on the 2007 motion picture written and directed by John Carney, music and lyrics are by Academy Award-winning Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová who, for Falling Slowly, won the Oscar for Best Original Song.

Having received the most nominations (35) in the 2012 theater award season, Once went on to become the recipient of 21 awards, the most on Broadway that year. As well as winning eight Tony Awards including Best New Musical, Once was named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards.

Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician and the beautiful young woman who takes an interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, Once is an unforgettable story of reaching for your dreams and how music has the power to connect us all.

Ben Hope, who made his Broadway debut in Once in 2012, will star as Guy. Elizabeth Nestlerode, fresh from a three-month run of Once at Florida Studio Theatre, will star as Girl. Both will be joined by Ryan McCurdy (Broadway: Multiple appearances for and with the original company of Once), Joanne Borts (Broadway: Original cast of Once), Chris Blisset (Once at Florida Studio Theatre), Stephen G. Anthony (The Book Club Play, August: Osage County at Actors’ Playhouse), Cody Craven (Once at Midtown Arts Center), Margaret Dudasik (Once at Weston Playhouse), Michael Friedman, Anna Lise Jensen (Finding Mona Lisa at Actors’ Playhouse), Andreina “Nina” Kasper and Barry J. Tarallo (1776, Violet at Actors’ Playhouse).

The design and creative team for Once includes direction by David Arisco, musical direction by Ryan McCurdy, musical staging by Jeni Hacker, scenic design and properties by Jodi Dellaventura, lighting design by Eric Nelson, sound design by Shaun Mitchell and costume design by Ellis Tillman.

The show will play through Mar. 25. Evening performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with afternoon matinees on Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets for weeknights and matinees are $57, and on Friday and Saturday evenings $64. The theater offers 10 percent off all weekday performances for seniors and $15 student rush tickets to any performance 15 minutes prior to curtain with identification. Discounts are based on availability.

Group discounted rates are offered for 15 or more through our group sales department. Single tickets may be purchased through the box office at 305-444-9293 or online at

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