March 18, 2012
Guy is an Irish singer and songwriter who spends his days fixing vacuums in his father's Dublin repair shop, and his nights playing his music in local pubs. He is on the verge of giving up music altogether when a Czech immigrant, “Girl,” hears him play and refuses to let him abandon his guitar. Over the course of a week, Girl convinces Guy to believe in the power of his music and his love for the woman who inspired his songs. They scrape together money to record a demo album with a motley crew of bar friends, and their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful—but complicated—love story.
The hit 2006 indie film of the same name, which starred composers Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova as Guy and Girl.
Once was first workshopped at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts,m in the spring of 2011. It was produced at off-Broadway's New York Theatre Workshop beginning in November 2011, before transferring to Broadway’s Jacobs Theatre.
Book by Enda Walsh; music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova.
Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart, Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson, Orin Wolf, The Shubert Organization, Robert Cole, New York Theatre Workshop
—Broadway.com Audience Choice Award nomination for Favorite New Musical
—Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Musical
—Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Musical
—Drama League Nomination for Distinguished Production of a Musical
—New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best New Musical
—Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical
The role of Guy was supposed to be created on film by Irish actor Cillian Murphy, until he dropped out and was ultimately replaced by composer Hansard.