Photo Flash: 'Once On This Island' at UCLA

Director Billy Porter and Grammy nominee Ledisi mark their debuts with Reprise Theatre Company in the 1990 musical Once on This Island, opening the 2008-2009 season, September 2 to 14 at UCLA's Freud Playhouse. The press opening is September 3. Bradley Rapier, founder of the Groovaloos, choreographs and Darryl Archibald is the music director. Reprise Theater Company is led by Artistic Director Jason Alexander and Producing Director Susan Dietz.

A 1990 Tony nominee, Once On This Island is an imaginative retelling of The Little Mermaid fairy tale, with overtones of Romeo and Juliet, set on a Caribbean Island, with book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, the team who created the 1998 hit Ragtime. Porter and Rapier have assembled a cast which includes many Broadway and American regional theatre veterans; including principals Yvette Cason, Vanita Harbour, Jesse Nager, Leslie Odom Jr., and Lance Roberts. Newcomer Kristolyn Lloyd will play Ti Moune.

Once On This Island is performed Tuesday, September 2nd through Sunday, September 14th (press opening September 3) at UCLA's Freud Playhouse. For tickets, please call the UCLA Central Ticket Office at 310/825-2101 or visit www.reprise.org.

Photo Flash: 'Once On This Island' at UCLA
Kristolyn Lloyd, Jesse Nager

Photo Flash: 'Once On This Island' at UCLA
Vanita Harbour, Kristolyn Lloyd, Jesse Nager, Bryan Terrell Clark

Photo Flash: 'Once On This Island' at UCLA
Lance Roberts, Bryan Terrell Clark, Darina Littleton, Leslie Odom, Jr., Ledisi, Nicolette Robinson, Kristolyn Lloyd, Vanita Harbour, Brian Chandler

Photo Flash: 'Once On This Island' at UCLA
Ledisi, Brian Chandler, Yvette Cason, Lance Roberts, Leslie Odom, Jr., Bryan Terrell Clark, Vanita Harbour, Nicolette Robinson, Kristolyn Lloyd

Photo Flash: 'Once On This Island' at UCLA
Bryan Terrell Clark, Kristolyn Lloyd, Leslie Odom, Jr

Photo Flash: 'Once On This Island' at UCLA
Darina Littleton, Ledisi

Photo Flash: 'Once On This Island' at UCLA
Bryan Terrell Clark, Yvette Cason, Lance Roberts, Darina Littleton, Leslie Odom, Jr., Ledisi, Nicolette Robinson, Brian Chandler, Vanita Harbour, Kristolyn Lloyd

Photo Flash: 'Once On This Island' at UCLA
Kristolyn Lloyd, Leslie Odom, Jr., Nicolette Robinson, Bryan Terrell Clark, Ledisi, Vanita Harbour, Brian Chandler

Photo Credit: John Ganun

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