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Once On This Island


Thu 2 Nov 2017, 7:00pm
Fri 3 Nov 2017, 7:00pm
Sat 4 Nov 2017, 2:00pm
Sat 4 Nov 2017, 7:00pm
Sun 5 Nov 2017, 4:00pm

Where: Toi Whakaari, 11 Hutchison Road, Newtown, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Once on This Island is an enchanting and romantic story of forbidden love, gods and mortals, rich and poor, the powerful and the powerless.

A young peasant girl falls for a rich boy from the other side of the island. Politics, culture and superstition conspire to keep them apart but with the help of the island gods, she moves heaven and earth to be united with the man who has captured her heart.

Once on This Island is a an allegorical tale celebrating love, hope, life and death, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid.

Based on the 1985 novel “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy, Once on This Island opened Off-Broadway in May 1990 and subsequently transferred to Broadway on October 18, 1990, running for 14 months. The show had a West End première in September 1994. The show has become a favourite of broadway musical aficionados and is being revived in a brand new production that will première on Broadway later this year.

The original Broadway production was nominated for several Tony awards, including Best Musical, Best Book, Best Original Score, Best Featured Actress in a Musical, Best Direction and Best Choreography.

This production features work from 2nd year actors, graduating designers and costumiers and performing arts managers from all three years of their programme.

A New Musical.
Book and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.
Music by Stephen Flaherty.

Based upon the novel “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy.
Licensed exclusively by Music Theatre international (Australasia).
All performance materials supplied by Hal Leonard Australia.

Directed by: Jon Hunter
Musical Direction by: Mark W. Dorrell

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