Based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney


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Based on the Motion Picture Written and Directed by
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Original production concept - John Tiffany (director)
Licensees shall include the following credits on the title page of all programs for the Play:
Orchestrations by Martin Lowe
Originally Produced on Broadway by
Barbara Broccoli John N. Hart Jr. Patrick Milling Smith Frederick Zollo
Brian Carmody Michael G. Wilson Orin Wolf The Shubert Organization
Robert Cole, Executive Producer
in association with
New York Theatre Workshop
Once was originally produced Off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop in December 2011, Jim Nicola, Artistic Director, William Russo, Managing Director
Once was originally developed at the American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in April 2011
Diane Paulus, Artistic Director, Diane Borger, Producer
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The story of a guy who gave up on love and music and and the girl who inspired him to dream again.
Currently unavailable in the UK and Ireland. Contact us for details regarding other territories.
Show Essentials
+ Ensemble


Cast Size: Medium (11 to 20 performers)
Cast Type: Star Vehicle Female
Dance Requirements: Standard

Show History


Once, a musical with a book by Irish playwright Enda Walsh and a score by Glen Hansard and Markta Irglov, is a stage adaptation of the 2007 musical film of the same name. The film is a naturalistic drama starring Hansard and Irglov (which they wrote all the music to as well) and tells the story of an Irish man who falls for a young Czech woman. The song "Falling Slowly" won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Going along with the resounding theme of music that exists throughout, the actors in Once doubly functions as the orchestra, picking up a variety of instruments to play throughout the show.


Once premiered at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA. It then moved to the New York Theatre Workshop in New York City, where it opened on December 6, 2011. The production only ran to January 15, 2012, but its success in its limited run prompted a Broadway transfer. It opened on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on March 18, 2012, and is currently running in the same venue. A North American national tour launched in Providence, Rhode Island on October 1, 2013. 

Once has also made an impact internationally. The musical made its West End debut at the Phoenix Theatre on April 9, 2013, after a limited engagement at the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. The Melbourne Theatre Company put up the Australia premiere on September 26, 2014. On February 10, 2015, a "sit down" production of Once will open at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto, featuring an entirely Canadian cast.


  • The Off-Broadway production of Once was nominated for seven Lucille Lortel Awards, including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Director, and Outstanding Choreographer. It also won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical.
  • The Broadway production of Once was nominated for eleven Tony Awards in 2012, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Choreography, and Best Direction of a Musical. It was also nominated for six Drama Desk Awards (including Outstanding Musical, Music, Lyrics, and Director of a Musical), and Drama League and New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards for Best Musical.  The album for the Broadway production also won a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album in 2013.
  • The West End production of Once was nominated for six Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical, Outstanding Achievement in Music, and Best Theatre Choreographer. It was also nominated for five Awards, including Best New Musical, Best Original Music, and Best Director.
  • Celebrities who have appeared in Once include: Cristin Milioti (Girl), Arthur Darvill (Guy), Steve Kazee (Guy), Elizabeth A. David (Reza), David Patrick Kelly (Da), Paul Whitty (Billy), and Joanna Christie (Girl).

Critical Reaction

Critical Reaction

"Once uses song and dance in a way I've never experienced in an American musical (even if its sound will be familiar to alternative radio listeners): to convey a beautiful shimmer of might-have-been regret. [ ... ] What lends a special, tickling poignancy to Mr. Hansard and Ms. Irglova's songs is their acceptance of loneliness as an existential given." - The New York Times

"Pure, moving and inventive [ ... ] a study in how to beautifully adapt a movie to the stage. In many ways, in fact, this Once is better than the original Once." - The Huffington Post

"It is a rare feat [ ... ] to express such unabashed romantic feeling, such yearning emotion, without stooping to sentiment or wallowing in cliche." - The Chicago Tribune

"Wins you over with its simplicity, charm and air of sweet melancholy." - The Guardian

"The sweetest and most romantic show on Broadway [ ... ] Book writer Enda Walsh found smart ways to expand the narrative." - New York Daily News

"A gem of a show. [ ... ] Once wins its standing ovations the old-fashioned way: with a love story, great songs, compelling characters and inventive stagecraft [ ] downright revolutionary." - The New York Post

"Unusually fun and heartfelt musical theatre." - The New Yorker

"A love story played with fierce sincerity and unexpected honesty." - The Wall Street Journal

"Wonderful music! [ ... ] Raw and real and better than anything you're likely to hear in the theater all season." - Time Magazine

"Pure, moving, invention and irresistible. [ ... ] Once makes a lasting connection." - The Associated Press

"Gorgeous. [ ... ] Once charms us with a rare combination of intelligence, warmth and musicality." - Bloomberg News

"An exquisite reminder of theater's singular capacity to transport us." - The Hollywood Reporter

Tony® Award

2012 - Sound Design of a Musical, Winner (Clive Goodwin)
2012 - Best Musical, Winner (Once)
2012 - Book Of A Musical, Winner (Enda Walsh)
2012 - Direction Of A Musical, Winner (John Tiffany)
2012 - Best Actor in a Muscial, Winner (Steve Kazee)
2012 - Best Actress in a Muscial, Nominee (Cristin Milioti)
2012 - Choreography, Nominee (Steven Hoggett)
2012 - Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Nominee (Natasha Katz)
2012 - Orchestrations, Winner (Martin Lowe)
2012 - Scenic Design of a Musical, Winner (Bob Crowley)

Drama Desk Award

2012 - Outstanding Musical, Winner (Once)
2012 - Outstanding Music, Nominee (Markéta Irglová, Glen Hansard)
2012 - Outstanding Lyrics, Winner (Markéta Irglová, Glen Hansard)
2012 - Outstanding Direction of a Musical, Winner (John Tiffany)
2012 - Outstanding Orchestrations, Winner (Martin Lowe)
2012 - Outstanding Sound Design of a Musical, Nominee (Clive Goodwin)