Darlinghurst Theatre Company has announced the cast of the long-awaited Sydney premiere of Once – to be staged at the Eternity Playhouse for a limited season from 26 June, before playing the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre from 24 July 2019.
Guy meets Girl in this smash-hit Broadway musical, Once is a tender love story of a struggling Irish musician on the verge of giving up and a piano-playing Czech immigrant who reminds him how to dream. Once is a modern-day musical that reminds us of the power of music to connect us all.
Director Richard Carroll (Calamity Jane, Spamalot) has assembled an outstanding cast playing instruments live on stage including Toby Francis (Kinky Boots), Stefanie Caccamo (Beautiful) and Cameron Daddo (The Sound of Music), alongside Joe Accaria, Brenden Dodds, Victoria Falconer-Pritchard, Conrad Hamill, Drew Livingston, Rupert Reid, Alec Steedman and Joanna Weinberg.
“Once asks for so much from the actors who perform it,” says Carroll. “Not only do they need to tell this beautiful story every night with truth, passion and humour – they also need to sing the exceptional songs with all of the same qualities. AND they are their own band, so every one of them needs to be an exceptional instrumentalist.”
“I’m blown away by the capabilities of the cast we have assembled for Once, who seem to embody all of these talents effortlessly, and with a heart-melting Czech-Irish wink,” added Carroll.
With a book by Enda Walsh, Once is based on the movie of the same name by John Carney and features a spell-binding score by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova – including their Oscar-winning song, Falling Slowly.
Original and unforgettable, Once draws you in from the very first note, grabs you by the heart strings and never lets go. Once is the only Broadway show to have music that won the Academy Award, Grammy Award, Olivier Award and Tony Award.
Director: Richard Carroll Featuring: Joe Accaria, Stefanie Caccamo, Cameron Daddo, Brenden Dodds, Victoria Falconer-Pritchard, Toby Francis, Conrad Hamill, Drew Livingston, Rupert Reid, Alec Steedman, Joanna Weinberg Musical Director: Victoria Falconer-Pritchard Movement Director: Amy Campbell Production Designer: Hugh O’Connor Lighting Designer: Peter Rubie Sound Engineer: Dylan Robinson Stage Manager: Gayda de Mesa
Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst
Season: 3 July – 21 July 2019 (previews: 26 June – 30 June)
Information and Bookings: www.darlinghursttheatre.com
Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, 32 Burelli Street, Wollongong
Season: 24 – 28 July 2019
Information and Bookings: www.merrigong.com.au
Image: Toby Francis, Stefanie Caccamo and Cameron Daddo to star in Once