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ONCE Comes to Harris Center for Five Performances, 10/27

Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, "ONCE uses song & dance in a way I've never experienced in an American musical" (New York Times). Based on the Academy Award-winning film, ONCE tells of a Dublin street musician and a young woman and how their unlikely connection turns out to be more complex than the average romance. From the impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage to a set structured to feel like an Irish pub, there is real power in seeing the songs and story unfold live in front of your eyes. "Once is unusually fun and heartfelt musical theatre. The cast is on fire!" (New Yorker)

ONCE will be performed at Harris Center five times: Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm; Friday, Oct 28 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm and Saturday Oct 29 also at 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets are $45-$75, Premium $79 (a 10% discount is available for Thursday evening and Friday matinee single tickets). Tickets are available online at or from Harris Center Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from noon to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, CA, facing East Bidwell Street.

At 7 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the stage becomes a lively Irish pub open to members of the audience up until the 7:30 curtain. The cast will perform on stage and audience members may join them there-"in the pub"-for libations.

ONCE was also named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics' Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards; it won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. ONCE ran for more than 1,100 performances on Broadway with acclaimed international productions from London and Melbourne to Japan and South KoreA. Harris Center is proud to welcome the national tour to Folsom.

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.

ONCE is the celebrated musical based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name. 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 actor/musicians, ONCE is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty... and unforgettable therefore.

The 2007 Academy Award-winning film, ONCE, was written and directed by John Carney, and starred Glen Hansard (from the popular Irish band The Frames) and Markéta Irglová, with original music and lyrics by Mr. Hansard and Ms. Irglová. This Oscar Award-winning Irish film was made for $150,000. Shot in 17 days, it went on to gross $20M worldwide, becoming a critically acclaimed international smash. Mr. Hansard and Ms. Irglová 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.

This Year Marks Six Seasons of Great Shows. Up Close. In Folsom!

The Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College brings the community together to share in cultural experiences featuring the work of artists from throughout the region and around the world. Built and operated by the Los Rios Community College District, the $50 million, state-of-the-art regional performing arts center boasts three intimate venues with outstanding acoustics, an art gallery, a recording studio, elegant teaching spaces, plenty of safe parking and all the other amenities of a world-class performing arts venue. Each year the Center hosts over 400 events attracting more than 150,000 annually.

Event Summary

What: ONCE

When: Thursday, Oct 27, 2016 at 7:30 pm; Friday, Oct 28 at 2 pm and

7:30 pm and Saturday Oct 29 also at 2 pm and 7:30 pm.

Where: Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College

10 College Parkway

Folsom, CA 95630

Ticket Price: $45-$75, Premium $79 (a 10% discount is available for Thursday

evening and Friday matinee single tickets).


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