‘Once’ opens in Dayton


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DAYTON — Victoria Theatre Association has announced that the Premier Health Broadway Series presentation of “Once,” winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, will play the Benjamin & Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center through Sunday, Jan. 24.

Tickets cost $25 and up and are available at 888-228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com.

“Once,” which was also named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards, ran for more than 1,100 performances on Broadway with acclaimed international productions from London and Melbourne to Japan and South Korea.

It features the Academy Award-winning music and lyrics of Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, a book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh, direction by the acclaimed Scottish director of Black Watch, John Tiffany, movement by Steven Hoggett and music supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe. The set and costume design are by five-time Tony Award-winner Bob Crowley, lighting design is by Tony-winner Natasha Katz and sound design is by Clive Goodwin.

“Once” is based on an Academy Award-winning film. It tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together.

The Victoria Theatre Association has planned three talks about the development, history and artistry of “Once.” The talks are free to ticket-holders for that day’s performance. The talks are scheduled for today, Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m. and Sataurday at 1 p.m. in the Schuster Center’s fourth-floor lobby.

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