Photo Coverage: Paper Mill Playhouse's ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Celebrates Opening Night!
More than 20 years after its premiere, Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens have re-invented their first musical with Tony-nominated director Thomas Kail (In the Heights, Lombardi, Magic/Bird), choreographer Bradley Rapier (So You Think You Can Dance, Jesus Christ Superstar) and new orchestrations by music director Lynne Shankel (Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Altar Boyz). Once On This Island just opened last night, June 3, and runs through Sunday, June 24, 2012.
American Idol finalist Syesha Mercado plays Ti Moune, and Broadway veteran Darius de Haas portrays Agwe. De Haas was seen on Broadway in Rent (Collins/Angel/Benny), Dreamgirls (C.C. White), Kiss of the Spider Woman, Encore's Broadway Bash and Carousel (Mr. Snow) at Lincoln Center. Kevin R. Free plays Tonton Julian. Free was named a Person of the Year in 2010 by NYTheatre.com for noteworthy contributions to New York Theater. In NYC, Free was featured in From My Hometown, The Conjure Man Dies and Taking a Chance on Love. Adam Jacobs plays Daniel. Jacobs is currently featured in Disney's The Lion King on Broadway. Jacobs played Marius in the recent Broadway revival of Les Misérables and starred in the title role of the world premiere of Disney's Aladdin.
BroadwayWorld brings you full coverage from opening night below!
Once On This Island will be performed eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, go to www.papermill.org.
Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter Keddy
Lynn Ahrens (Book and Lyrics)
Lin- Manuel Miranda
Stephen Flaherty (Music)
Courtney Harris with her family Angela McNeal and Priscilla McNeal
Bradley Rapier (Choreographer)
Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty with the cast of Once On This Island-Darius de Haas, Kevin R. Free, Courtney Harris, Adam Jacobs, Syesha Mercado, Kenita R. Miller, Alan Mingo, Jr., Courtney Reed, Saycon Sengbloh, Jerold E. Solomon, AureLia Williams and Montana Byrne