DECEMBER 17, 2015
Fall in love slowly w/ the winner of 8 Tony Awards when @OnceMusical returns to @KimmelCenter for limited run Jan. 15-17. #oncetour
NATIONAL TOUR OF ONCE
RETURNS TO PHILADELPHIA’S KIMMEL CENTER
JANUARY 15–17, 2016
WINNER OF 8 TONY AWARDS, INCLUDING BEST MUSICAL,
AND BASED ON THE 2007 ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING FILM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, December 17, 2015) –– Broadway Philadelphia announces the return of Once – winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. The show will play a limited engagement at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music January 15-17, 2016.
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.
“Beyond the powerful themes Once explores, what’s truly unique about this show is that the cast is comprised of individuals who are equally talented as actors and as musicians,” said Anne Ewers, President & CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “The cast, music, and well-known story come together in an organic way, creating an incredibly moving evening of theater.”
Once is the celebrated new musical based on the Academy Award-winning film by the same title. 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 in every way.
The 2007 Academy Award-winning film, Once, was written and directed by John Carney, and starred Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, with original music and lyrics by Mr. Hansard and Ms. Irglová. The Oscar winning independent Irish film, Once was made for $150,000. Shot in 17 days, it went on to gross $20M worldwide becoming a critically acclaimed international smash. It stars Glen Hansard, from the popular Irish Rock band The Frames, and Markéta Irglová. Glen and Markéta 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.
For more information visit: www.oncemusical.com
Academy of Music
Dates and times:
January 15, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
January 16, 2016, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
January 17, 2016, 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Tickets are on sale to the public now and start at $50. Tickets can be purchased by calling (215) 893-1999, visiting www.kimmelcenter.org, at the Kimmel Center Box Office, or the Academy of Music Box Office (open during performances only). Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling (215) 790-5883.
KIMMEL CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, The Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the University of the Arts Merriam Theater. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of The Kimmel Center’s 2014-2015 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit kimmelcenter.org.
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