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Musical of the Week – Once on this Island

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Filled with brilliant colors and beautiful rhythms, the musical Once on this Island takes you on a journey of a true love story. Set in the French Antilles, a young peasant girl by the name of TiMoune sets out to reunite with the man she has fallen deeply in love with. Guided only by the mighty gods of the Island, TiMoune must face the dark truth of her society.

The musical is based on the novel My Love, My Love, also known as Peasant Girl, which was written by Rosa Guy. It was originally staged off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizon and ran from May 6, 1990, to May 27, 1990. The production was then moved to Broadway and opened on October 18, 1990 at the Booth Theater. The show closed later that year on December 1st.

In 1991, Once on this Island was nominated for 10 Tony awards. LaChanze, who originated the role of TiMoune on Broadway, won the Theater World award. This award is an American honor often presented to Broadway actors and actresses for an outstanding debut performance on any of New York’s stages.

The first Broadway revival of the musical opened on December 3, 2017, and was directed by Michael Arden. That same year, the production was nominated for eight Tony awards. Once on this Island won the award for best revival of a musical.

The one-act musical is currently playing at Circle in the Square in New York City and stars Tony nominee Hailey Kilgore as TiMoune. Part of what makes the show so unique is the theater itself. Circle in the Square contains what is known as a thrust stage which extends into the audience on three sides. The audience engulfs nearly all of the stage transporting viewers into the Carribean island.

Beginning November 30th, Grammy award-winning singer/songwriter and former member of Destiny’s Child, Michelle Williams will be taking on the role of Erzulie, the goddess of love.

The production’s official instagram released an announcement that the show’s final Broadway run will be January 6th, 2019. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch this vibrant and one of a kind production at the Circle in the Square.

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