Actor-musicians will bring the story of ‘Once’ to life

Monday, March 28, 2016

Once, the winner of eight Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, will bring a truly original Broadway experience to Purdue’s Elliott Hall of Music on Thursday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. This performance is presented with Friends support from Westminster Village and Kettelhut Construction, Inc.

Once is the celebrated new musical based on the Academy Award-winning 2007 film. It tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together. Brought to the stage by an award-winning team of visionary artists and featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actors and musicians, Once is a musical celebration of life and love – thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty, and unforgettable in every way.

Once features the Academy Award-winning music and lyrics of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, a book by award-winning Irish playwright & screenwriter, Enda Walsh (“Penelope,” “Hunger,” “The New Electric Ballroom”), direction by the acclaimed Scottish director of “Black Watch,” John Tiffany, movement by Steven Hoggett (“Black Watch,” “American Idiot”) and music supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe (“Mamma Mia!”). The set and costume design are by five time Tony Award winner Bob Crowley (“The Coast of Utopia,” “Mary Poppins”), lighting design is by Tony winner Natasha Katz (“Aida,” “The Coast of Utopia”), and sound design is by Clive Goodwin.

The 2007 Oscar winning independent Irish film and basis for the musical, Once was made for $150,000. Shot in just 17 days, it went on to gross $20 million worldwide, becoming a critically acclaimed international smash. It stars Glen Hansard, from the popular Irish Rock band “The Frames,” and Markéta Irglová. Glen and Markéta won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Original song for “Falling Slowly,” the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Music, and the soundtrack was nominated for two Grammy Awards.

Tickets for Once

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$24-54 for adults
$24-40 for children 18 years and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students

Tickets are available at the Stewart Center box office at 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. Group tickets are also available to groups of 10 more. Call 765-496-1977 for more details or visit Group Sales for more information.

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