Once and awhile a story of guy meets girl does more than simply inspire audiences, it transforms the classic
love story into something larger. Opening at the Durham Performing Arts Center on January 21, 2014, and running until January
26, 2014, the Tony award-winning Broadway musical Once will impassion audiences. Durham audiences may revel in the melodic
folk rock sounds of accordions, mandolins, guitars and cellos that compliment this exquisite love story at the following times:
Tuesday, January 21 at 7:30 PM; Wednesday, January 22 at 7:30 PM; Thursday, January 23 at 7:30 PM; Friday, January 24 at 8:00
PM; Saturday, January 25 at 2:00 PM; Saturday, January 25 at 8:00 PM; Sunday, January 26 at 1:00 PM; and Sunday, January 26
at 6:30 PM.
The Academy-award winning musical film Once comes to life on stage as the winner of the
2012 Tony Awards Best Musical. The enchantingly romantic and tender tale takes audiences to Ireland, where a musician is disheartened
by the future of his musical career on the streets of Dublin. The guy meets a girl who shares his love of music and emboldens
his musical pursuits driven by love. By the end of the first act, the guy and girl develop a memorable relationship and acoustic
collaboration. The evocatively heartfelt score reminds audiences that in our complex lives we are all connected by love.
Once had its Broadway debut on February 28, 2012 and officially opened on March 18, 2012. In addition
to the show still running on Broadway, it has journeyed to Dublin and the West End with the Melbourne Theatre Company announcing
a 2014 premier.
The popularity and critical claim of the film was something that Irish playwright Enda Walsh considered
when the producers initially approached him to write a stage musical version of Once. He initially felt nervous about adapting
what he considered to be a seemingly flawless film into a musical stage production. In spite of John Carney writing and directing
the film on a small budget in a matter of 17 days, the independent film soon won the hearts of critics and proceeded to win
a number of awards. The song "Falling Slowly" was written and performed by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova for the original
2006 musical film Once. The composition won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Song. It was also nominated two 2008
Grammy Awards: Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media. While it lost, the musical stage
performance of Once won a 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. The musical stage performance was nominated for
11 and won 8 2013 Grammy Awards in addition to many other awards. It is the recipient for the 5th consecutive year of the
Reader's Choice Award for Best Live Entertainment.
One of the interesting aspects of the musical
Once is that the cast is not only actors and actresses with immense talent; they are also musicians who play instruments while
performing. On stage, the cast becomes the orchestra. The musical's set was carefully designed to enable the cast to smoothly
shift from acting to orchestra. The leading roles of the touring cast consist of Stuart Ward as Guy and Dani de Waal as Girl.
Ward has been seen on many stages in London, such as the Donmar Warehouse for The Recruiting Officer and the Playhouse Theatre's
Dreamboats and Petticoats. His most relevant role was his performance as Guy in the West End production of Once. While native
to the United Kingdom, Ward made his New York debut in the The Hired Man, which was an off Broadway production. Similar to
her costar, de Waal appeared in the West End production of Mamma Mia! and made her Broadway debut in Picnic. Ward and de Waal
are joined by an equally outstanding cast: 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).
The producers of Once
include: 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, in association with New York Theatre Workshop.
The impetus behind the musical stage production is that Barbara Broccoli approached and recruited John Tiffany as Director,
after acquiring the stage production rights to Once. She was impressed with Tiffany after seeing his production of the award-winning
Black Watch. Thereafter, they put together the awarding-winning creative team consisting 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. The producers and the creative
team continue to bring audiences an unforgettable production that won 8 2012 Tony Awards.