Once and for all, the proverbial tale of guy meets girl is told in a way that helps the audience reimagine
the classic love story in a musical. Once openson November 12, 2014and runs until November 24, 2014,at the Palace Theatre.
The Theatre dates back to 1922 when it was opened as the flagship for the vaudeville chain of B.F. Keith. The Tony Award-winning
Broadway musical will impassion audiences at this historical venue. At the country's largest center for performing arts outside
of New York, Cleveland audiences may relish the sounds of accordions, mandolins, guitars and cellos that make up the melodic
folk rock sounds that compliment this exquisite love story at the following times: Wednesday-Friday at 7:30 PM; Saturday at
1:30 PM and 7:30 PM, Sunday at 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM. Please be advised that children under the age of two years old are not
permitted in the Palace Theatre unless it is a designated performance.
The Academy-Award winning
film Once is wonderfully adapted for the stage by the Irish playwright Enda Walsh in this winner of the 2012 Tony Awards Best
Musical. The captivatingly genuine and affectionate story takes audiences to Ireland, where a musician is discouraged with
his musical pursuits on the thoroughfares of Dublin. The guy meets a girl who shares his love of and passion for music and
helps renew his confidence to continue pursing his musical aspirations. By the end of the musical, the guy and girl develop
a hauntingly beautiful relationship that audiences will not soon forget, and an acoustic collaboration that will keep its
listeners replaying it in their mind. The aurally moving score reminds audiences that in our complicated and seemingly isolated
lives we are all connected by love.
On February 28, 2012, Once debuted on Broadway and then officially
opened on March 18, 2012. While the show continues to entertain audiences on Broadway, it has journeyed to the United Kingdom
with performances in Dublin and at the West End. Recently, the Melbourne Theatre Company announced a 2014 premier.
Irish playwright Enda Walsh was taken aback when the producers first approached him to create a stage musical version of the
popular and critically claim film Once. Walsh felt trepidation about adapting what he considered to be a near perfect film
into a musical production for the stage. In spite of John Carney's budget and time limitations (he wrote and directed the
independent film on a small budget in only 17 days), Once won audience's hearts and minds, while winning prominent awards.
Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova wrote and first performed the duet "Falling Slowly" for the original 2006 musical film Once.
This beautifully performed duet won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Song and was for nominated the 2008 Grammy Awards
Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. While the film's Grammy nomination did not win the
award, the musical stage performance of Once won a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. In all, the musical stage
performance won 8 2013 Grammy Awards and was nominated for 11 as well as many other awards.
Cleveland audience will
have the opportunity to watch the winner of the Reader's Choice Award for Best Live Entertainment in the Palace Theatre, where
the building dons an electrical sign that is the world's largest. This historic theatre is also home to the world's largest
carpet that is only one woven piece.
The versatility of the cast continues to impress audiences.
Not only is the cast comprised of actors and actresses with immense talent; they are also talented musicians who perform on
stage as the orchestra. The set was deliberately designed to ensure that the cast could gracefully shift between acting and
orchestra. The protagonists of the present tour are performed by Stuart Ward as Guy and Dani de Waal as Girl. Ward has been
seen on the stages of the Donmar Warehouse for The Recruiting Officer, the Playhouse Theatre's Dreamboats and Petticoats and
as Guy in the West End production of Once. After spending many years on the stages of London, Ward debuted in New York in
the off Broadway production of The Hired Man. Similar to Ward, de Waal performed in the West End production of Mamma Mia!
and debuted on Broadway during her performance in Picnic. The leads are accompanied by an impeccably casted group: Raymond
Bokhour (Da), Matt De Angelis (Švec), John Steven Gardner (Eamon), Donna Garner (Baruška), Evan Harrington (Billy),
Ryan Link (Emcee, Understudy Guy), Benjamin Magnuson (Bank Manager), Alex Nee (Andrej, Understudy Guy), Erica Swindell (Ex-Girlfriend,
Understudy Girl, Réza), Kolette Tetlow (Ivanka), Claire Wellin (Réza), Estelle Bajou (Understudy Réza, Ex-Girlfriend),
Stephen McIntyre (Understudy Da, Bank Manager, Billy), Zander Meisner (Understudy Andrej, Švec, Eamon, Emcee), Tina Stafford
(Understudy Baruška), Tiffany Topol (Understudy Girl) and Matt Wolpe (Understudy Andrej, Švec, Eamon, Emcee, Billy).
Once is brought to audiences by Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick
Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson, Orin Wolf Productions, The Shubert Organization and Executive Producer Robert Cole
and the New York Theatre Workshop. Producer Barbara Broccoli approached and recruited John Tiffany as Director, after she
obtained the stage production rights to Once. She had seen Tiffany's production of the award-winning Black Watch and was impressed.
Fittingly, the awarding-winning creative team is comprised of Playwright, Enda Walsh, Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard and
Marketa Irglova, Movement by Steven Hoggett, Scenic and Costume Design by Bob Crowley, Lighting Design by Natasha Katz, Sound
Design by Clive Goodwin and musical supervision by Martin Lowe. This brilliant collaborative efforts of the producers and
the creative team resulted in a touching production and winner of 8 2012 Tony Awards.