Eight-Time Tony Award-Winning Musical ONCE Opens This Week At Actors' Playhouse

Eight-Time Tony Award-Winning Musical ONCE Opens This Week At Actors' Playhouse

Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre continues its milestone 30th Anniversary Season with Once, winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, playing February 28 - March 25, 2018. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, the company's production will include members from the original Broadway cast as well as several actors who have performed the show regionally.

Once has book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh. Based on the 2007 motion picture written and directed by John Carney, music and lyrics are by Academy Award-winning Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová who, for "Falling Slowly," won the Oscar for Best Original Song. Having received the most nominations (35) in the 2012 theatre award season, Once went on to become the recipient of 21 awards, the most on Broadway that year. As well as winning eight Tony Awards including Best New Musical, Once was named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards.

Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician and the beautiful young woman who takes an interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, Once is an unforgettable story of reaching for your dreams and how music has the power to connect us all.

Ben Hope, who made his Broadway debut in Once in 2012, will star as Guy. Elizabeth Nestlerode, fresh from a three-month run of Once at Florida Studio Theatre, will star as Girl. Both will be joined by Ryan McCurdy (Broadway: Multiple appearances for and with the original company of Once), Joanne Borts (Broadway: Original cast of Once), Chris Blisset (Onceat Florida Studio Theatre), Stephen G. Anthony (The Book Club Play, August: Osage County at Actors' Playhouse), Cody Craven (Once at Midtown Arts Center), Margaret Dudasik (Once at Weston Playhouse), Michael Friedman, Anna Lise Jensen (Finding Mona Lisa at Actors' Playhouse), Andreina "Nina" Kasper and Barry J. Tarallo (1776, Violet at Actors' Playhouse).

The design and creative team for Once includes Direction by David Arisco, Musical Direction by Ryan McCurdy, Musical Staging by Jeni Hacker, Scenic Design and Properties by Jodi Dellaventura, Lighting Design by Eric Nelson, Sound Design by Shaun Mitchell and Costume Design by Ellis Tillman.

Preview performances will be held on Wednesday, February 28 and Thursday, March 1 at 8 p.m. The show will open on Friday, March 2 at 8 p.m. and play through March 25, 2018. Evening performances will be held Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m., with afternoon matinees on Sunday at 3 p.m. A special weekday matinee is scheduled on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 2 p.m.

Director David Arisco will lead a group discussion with the cast following the performance on March 9, 2018 as part of the company's "Second Fridays" series.

Preview night tickets on the first Wednesday and Thursday are $40. Tickets for weeknights and matinees are $57, and on Friday and Saturday evenings $64. The theatre offers 10 percent off all weekday performances for seniors and $15 student rush tickets to any performance 15 minutes prior to curtain with identification. Discounts are based on availability.

Group discounted rates are offered for 15 or more through our group sales department. Single tickets may be purchased through the box office at 305-444-9293 or online at www.actorsplayhouse.org.

This event is made possible with the support of Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, and the Miami Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners for Major Cultural Institutions, and is sponsored in part by the State of Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts & Culture, with support of the City of Coral Gables, and the following sponsors: Azamara Club Cruises, Bacardi U.S.A., InterContinental Miami, Lexus of Kendall, NBC 6 South Florida and WPBT2.

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