Once the Musical


A musical adaptation of the widely successful Oscar-winning film. Set in Dublin, Once the Musical is the story of a busker who falls in love with a fellow musician from the Czech Republic. An unrequited love story that became the most successful indie musical in recent years.

Once the Musical opened in the Fall of 2011 at the New York Theatre Workshop. Once the Musical officially opened on March 18th, 2012 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Broadway.Once the Musical was nominated for a total of 11 Tony Awards, the most of any play or musical. On June 10, 2012, it won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Orchestrations, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, and Best Sound Design of a Musical. The following year Once the Musical was awarded Best Musical Theatre Album at the Grammy Awards and is currently playing on London’s West End, Australia, Korea and touring domestically throughout the United States.


“Fresh and unexpected. A love affair with music, Once delivers an original interior view of its characters. They become genuinely conflicted, with distinctive personalities instead of standard-issue ones. The songs by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova soar, and as anyone knows who saw Black Watch, John Tiffany and Steven Hoggett are masters of surprising stagecraft.”
– The New York Times

“In Once, love, music and life merge into an organic whole. It’s the rare stage adaptation that makes total sense: as unabashedly romantic, funny, passionate and sad as you dreamed it would be.”
– The New York Post

“An exquisite reminder of theater’s singular capacity to enchant and transport us.”
– The Hollywood Reporter

“Magical. rapturously tender and vividly theatrical, once speaks to the power of making music and friendships. Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti are enchanting leads. Kazee is perfect as the wistful songwriter, and Milioti is a revelation.”
– The Daily News

“Once’s inventiveness hits you even before it starts. The sweetness, the charm, and the deceptively addictive songs by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova are ready as ever to claim the heart.”
– The Associated Press

“Gorgeous. A rare combination of intelligence, warmth and musicality.”
– Bloomberg

“It’s hard not to fall for Once. In John Tiffany’s meticulous production, songs are rendered stirringly and soulfully, and brought home with lush string and piano arrangements by Martin Lowe.”
– The Huffington Post



Directed by
John Tiffany

Book by
Enda Walsh

Music & Lyrics by
Glen Hansard
Markéta Irglová

Produced by
Barbara Broccoli
John N. Hart Jr.
Patrick Milling-Smith
Frederick Zollo
Brian Carmody
Michael G. Wilson
Orin Wolf
The Shubert Organization

Steve Kazee
Cristin Milioti
David Abeles
Will Connolly
Elizabeth A. Davis

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