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ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
music & book by LYNN AHRENS

music by STEPHEN FLAHERTY
based upon the novel "My Love, My Love" by ROSA GUY
originally directed and choreographed on Broadway by GRACIELA DANIELE

PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS, INC PRODUCED ONCE ON THIS ISLAND Off-Broadway in 1990

originally produced off-Broadway by THE SHUBERT ORGANIZATION, CAPITAL CITIES/ABC INC.

Suntory International Corporation and James Walsh, in association with Playwrights Horizon

Once Upon This Island is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

ABOUT THE SHOW

From the Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Seussical, Ragtime), comes the Olivier Award-winning Once on This Island. This highly original and theatrical Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, garnered eight Tony nominations for its Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score.

Ti Moune, a peasant girl, rescues a wealthy boy from the other side of the island, Daniel, with whom she falls in love. Unbeknownst to Ti Moune, the pompous gods who preside over the island make a bet with one another over which is stronger, love or death, the stakes being Ti Moune’s life. When she pursues Daniel, who has returned to his people, Ti Moune is shunned because of her lowly status. Her determination and capacity to love, though, is not enough to win Daniel’s heart, and Ti Moune pays the ultimate price; but the gods turn Ti Moune into a tree that grows so strong and so tall, it breaks the wall that separates the societies and ultimately unites them.

"...this 1990 musical fairy tale set on a Caribbean island conjures a spell that is devastatingly timely yet affectingly timeless in its evocation of how love goes when the indifferent, capricious whims of gods and nature intervene in the deepest yearnings of the human heart."

– Broadway World

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DATES:

May 9th - 31st 2025
Thursdays to Saturdays at 7pm

Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm

VENUE:

Beddington Theatre Arts Centre

RUNNING TIME:

Two act musical, approx. 120 mins with 15 minute intermission

TICKET PRICES:

GENERAL:  $28 child, $33 adult

PREMIUM:  $33 child, $38 adult
CHILDREN are aged 3 to 17

RECOMMENDED FOR:

ages 6+

WHAT TO EXPECT:

Suggestive themes, flashing lights, loud sounds.

 

THEMES & TALKING POINTS:

Love, responsibility, overcoming adversity, personal fulfillment, transformation, redemption, change.

Video courtesy of Once Upon This Island, Kennedy Centre, 2020
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