Project Description

This jubilant Caribbean fantasy takes on the power of myth and the resonance of today, as a young girl sets off to prove to the mythical gods of her island that the power of love can heal the rifts of society.

WINNER of the 2018 TONY AWARD for BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL.

8 TONY NOMINATIONS

7 DRAMA DESK NOMINATIONS, including OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

3 DRAMA LEAGUE AWARD NOMINATIONS, including OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

6 OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD NOMINATIONS, including OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL

WINNER of the THEATRE WORLD AWARD (Hailey Kilgore)

NOMINATED for the GRAMMY AWARD for BEST MUSICAL THEATER ALBUM

The 2017 Broadway revival was performed in the round at Circle In The Square Theater, in an immersive production directed by Michel Arden and choreographed by Camille A Brown.

Broadway Revival Opening Night December 3, 2017 at the Circle In The Square Theater.

“…a joyful hymn to community and resilience that renders even the tragedy of death as a stirring transformation that gives back to the living.”

-Hollywood Reporter

“Just what the weary world needs now – an uplifting revival of Lynn Ahrens’ and Stephen Flaherty’s lush and lovely 1990 musical fable about the enduring force of true love.”

-Variety

“The closing number of “ONCE ON THIS ISLAND,” the justly loved one-act musical by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens now in a Broadway revival … ends with a number called “We Tell the Story.” It’s a song filled with reasons as to why every community must pass on tall tales, in some form or another, to its young: life, pain, love, grief, hope, faith, the protection of those in need. But its final and most important reason is simple. It’s just “you.”

-Chicago Tribune

“A joyful noise thunders through Circle in the Square theater, as Broadway welcomes a smashing revival of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND.”

-DEADLINE

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Show Credits

Circle in the Square Theatre
Produced by Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Carl Daikeler and others.
Associate Producers: Kayla Greenspan and Valerie Novakoff

Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Based on the novel ‘My Love My Love’ by Rosa Guy
Music orchestrated by AnnMarie Milazzo and Michael Starobin
Original Vocal Arrangements: Stephen Flaherty
Musical Director: Alvin Hough, Jr.
Additional Orchestrations: Haley Bennett and Javier Diaz
Directed by Michael Arden
Choreographed by Camille A. Brown
Scenic Design by Dane Laffrey
Costume Design by Clint Ramos
Lighting Design by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer
Sound Design by Peter Hylenski
Hair, Wig and Make-Up Design by Cookie Jordan
General Manager: DTE Management and Ryan Conway
Company Manager: Margaret Skoglund
Production Manager: Juniper Street Productions
Production Stage Manager: Justin Scribner
Stage Managers: Kenneth J. McGee and Mary Kathryn Flynt
Musical Supervisor: Chris Fenwick
“Found” Instrument Design: John Bertles and Bash the Trash
Musical Coordinator: John Miller
Conducted by Alvin Hough, Jr.
Associate Conductor: Javier Diaz
Keyboard/Melodica/Hand Percussion: Alvin Hough, Jr.
Percussion: Javier Diaz
Bass: Irio O’Farrill
Guitar/Mandolin: Hidayat Honari
Flute: Cassondra James
Music Copying: Emily Grishman Music Preparation
Synth Programmer: Randy Cohen
Casting: Telsey + Company and Craig Burns, CSA
Press Agent: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Advertising: AKA
Marketing: AKA and Walker International Communications Group
Dance Captain: T. Oliver Reid
Animal Trainer: Lydia DesRoche
Dialect Coach: Dawn-Elin Fraser

Merle Dandridge  Papa Ge
Quentin Earl Darrington  Agwe
Hailey Kilgore  Ti Moune
Alex Newell  Asaka
Lea Salonga  Erzulie
Phillip Boykin  Tonton Julian
Darlesia Cearcy  Storyteller
Rodrick Covington  Storyteller
Emerson Davis  Little Girl (Alternate)
Alysha Deslorieux  Andrea
Tyler Hardwick  Storyteller
Cassondra James  Storyteller
David Jennings  Armand/Storyteller
Grasan Kingsberry  Storyteller
Loren Lott  Storyteller
Kenita R. Miller  Mama Euralie
Isaac Powell  Daniel
T. Oliver Reid  Storyteller
Aurelia Williams  Storyteller
Mia Williamson  Little Girl (Alternate)

Understudies: Darlesia Cearcy (Erzulie, Mama Euralie), Rodrick Covington (Papa Ge), Alysha Deslorieux (Ti Moune), Tyler Hardwick (Daniel, Armand), Cassondra James (Erzulie, Andrea), David Jennings (Agwe, Tonton Julian), Grasan Kingsberry (Daniel), Loren Lott (Ti Moune, Asaka, Andrea), T. Oliver Reid (Agwe, Tonton Julian, Papa Ge, Armand) and Aurelia Williams (Asaka, Mama Euralie)