You only live once and now is your opportunity to see the Tony award-winning Broadway musical Once as
it stops in Tempe, Arizona after it launching its first US and Canadian tour in Providence, Rhode Island. The show runs from
April 19, 2014 to May 04, 2014 at the Arizona State University Gammage. The times for the shows vary depending on the day
of the week. Showings are at 8:00 PM on Tuesday; 7:30 PM on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM on Saturday;
and 1:00 PM and 6:30 PM on Sunday.
The winner of the 2012 Tony Awards Best Musical is a romantically
charming and touching story based on the Academy Award-winning Irish musical film Once. The stage musical takes audiences
to the streets of Dublin where we meet a musician who is quickly becoming disenchanted with his life-long dream to make music.
He meets a girl who shares his love of music and her belief in him. Over the course of the first and second act, the two develop
a musical collaboration that brings to life hauntingly beautiful music that reminds audiences that in our complicated lives
we are all connected by love.
Once had its first Broadway preview on February 28, 2012 and opened
on March 18, 2012. The show is continuing its successful run on Broadway and has travelled to Dublin and the West End in London.
To further demonstrate its popularity, the Melbourne Theatre Company recently announced a 2014 premier. During the stage production's
first tour and visit to Arizona, Once audiences will be located in the heart of Tempe at the historic ASU Gammage. While the
ASU Gammage aims to connect communities through art, audiences will connect with this heartwarming love story and endearing
characters on stage while sitting in a hall designed by the internationally esteemed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
the accolades this Broadway musical continues to receive, when Irish playwright Enda Walsh was initially approached by the
producers to write a stage musical version of Once, he felt embarrassed and indifferent about adapting what he considered
to be a relatively perfect film into a musical stage production. While John Carney wrote and directed the film on a shoestring
budget in 17 days, the independent film quickly became popular among critics and proceeded to win numerous awards. The song
"Falling Slowly," written and performed by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova in the original 2006 musical film Once won the
2008 Academy Award for Best Original Song. It was also nominated for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or
Other Visual Media at the 2008 Grammy Awards. While it lost, the musical stage performance of Once won a 2013 Grammy Award
for Best Musical Theater Album. In total, the musical was nominated for 11 and won 8 2013 Grammy Awards in addition to many
other prestigious awards.
One of the interesting aspects of the musical Once is that the cast is
not only talented actors and actresses; they are musicians who play instruments on stage to make up the orchestra. The set
was designed to enable the cast to easily transition from acting to orchestra. The leading roles of the touring cast consist
of Stuart Ward as Guy and Dani de Waal as Girl. Ward previously performed in the West End production of Once as Guy and has
been on the London stages of Donmar Warehouse for The Recruiting Officer and the Playhouse Theatre's Dreamboats and Petticoats.
While native to the United Kingdom, Ward made his New York debut in the off Broadway production of The Hired Man. 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 stellar 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).
Once was produced 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, in association with New York Theatre Workshop. After acquiring the stage
production rights to Once, Barbara Broccoli approached and recruited John Tiffany as Director after seeing his production
of the award-winning Black Watch. The 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 and its producers bring audiences an unforgettable production
that won 8 2012 Tony Awards.