Once on This Island

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Once On This Island is the Broadway musical celebration that sweeps us across the sea to a small village—where, in the aftermath of a great storm, a joyous new life begins.
It is the tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. When their divided cultures threaten to keep them apart, Ti Moune, guided by the island gods, sets out on a remarkable quest to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.
Bursting with Caribbean colors, rhythms and dance, the story comes to vibrant life through the score by Tony Award® winners Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Anastasia, Ragtime). The striking production by Tony Award-nominated director Michael Arden (Spring Awakening revival) transforms the reality of a tropical village devastated by a storm into a fantastical world alive with hope.
Come and gather around for Once On This Island—a triumph of the timeless power of theater to bring us together, move our hearts, and help us conquer life’s storms. This is why we tell the story.

Once on This Island

Circle in the Square Theatre

First Preview 09, Nov 2017

Opening Night 03, Dec  2017

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Merle Dandridge – Papa Ge/ Demon of Death
Quentin Earl Darrington – Agwe/ God of Water
Hailey Kilgore – Broadway debut – Ti Moune
Alex Newell – Broadway debut – Asaka/ Mother of the Earth
Lea Salonga – Erzulie/ Goddess of Love
Phillip Boykin – Tonton Julian
Darlesia Cearcy – Storyteller
Rodrick Covington – Storyteller
Emerson Davis – Broadway debut Little Girl – Alternate
Alysha Deslorieux – Andrea
Tyler Hardwick – Storyteller
Cassondra James – Broadway debut – Storyteller
David Jennings – Armand/ Storyteller
Grasan Kingsberry – Storyteller
Loren Lott – Storyteller
Kenita R. Miller – Mama Euralie
Isaac Powell – Broadway debut – Daniel
T. Oliver Reid – Storyteller
Aurelia Williams – Storyteller
Mia Williamson – Broadway debut – Little Girl – Alternate
Understudies: Darlesia Cearcy (Erzulie, Mama Euralie), Rodrick Covington (Papa Ge), Alysha Deslorieux (Ti Moune), Tyler Hardwick (Armand, Daniel), Cassondra James (Andrea, Erzulie), David Jennings (Agwe, Tonton Julian), Grasan Kingsberry (Daniel), Loren Lott (Andrea, Asaka, Ti Moune), T. Oliver Reid (Agwe, Armand, Papa Ge, Tonton Julian) and Aurelia Williams (Asaka, Mama Euralie)


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Hollywood Reporter


Produced by Ken Davenport and Hunter Arnold
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Lynn Ahrens
Based on the novel “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy
Instrumental Orchestraions: Michael Starobin
Vocal Orchestrations: AnnMarie Milazzo
Directed by Michael Arden
Choreographed by Camille A. Brown
Assistant Director: Nikki M. James
Scenic Design by Dane Laffrey
Costume Design by Clint Ramos
Lighting Design by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer


Theatre Seat Plan and Access Details

The original Circle in the Square was founded by Theodore Mann, José Quintero, Jason Wingreen, Aileen Cramer and Emily Stevens in 1951 and was located at 5 Sheridan Square (a former nightclub) in Greenwich Village. The Gershwin and Circle in the Square were built in 1970 when the Uris Brothers tore down the Capitol Theatre to build the tower (with the Gershwin originally being called the Uris Theatre).It originally served as the uptown home to the Circle-in-the-Square repertory company. Their first production on Broadway, a revival of Mourning Becomes Electra, opened on November 15, 1972.The theatre is below street level. It is one of only two Broadway houses with a thrust stage (the other is Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater).



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163 Broadway (between 50th St & 51st St New York, NY 10036

Subway: C, E, 1 to 50th St; N, R to 49th St
(212) 307-0388
Box Office
Monday 10am-6pm Tues-Sat 10am-8pm Sun Closed
Access Information
Wheelchair Seating Available
There are no steps into the theatre from the sidewalk.
A wheelchair accessible restroom is available.