ONCE, winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical, will play its final show on Broadway on January 4, 2015, producers announced Tuesday.
But North Texas audiences will get a chance to see the most-awarded show of the 2012 New York theater season when the ONCE U.S. tour visits Bass Performance Hall and AT&T Performing Arts Center.
The show will make its North Texas debut at AT&T’s Winspear Opera House Dec. 17-28, followed by a week-long run at Bass Hall Feb. 18-22.
Featuring an ensemble of actors who play their own instruments on stage, ONCE tells the story of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights, but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than either realize.
Based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning film, ONCE opened to critical acclaim March 18, 2012. It won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The production also won Best Musical from the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards as well as the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. The score was written by the movie’s stars and Academy Award-winning composers for “Falling Slowly,” Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.
An Australian production of ONCE recently opened in Melbourne, and later this year the U.S. tour will play a multi-week engagement in Japan. The first non-English language production will open in Seoul, South Korea in December. A Toronto production will open in February 2015. Also in development are productions in Sweden, Brazil, Holland, Greece, The Czech Republic, Thailand and Ireland as well as a Japanese-language production.