Broadway San Jose Presents ‘ONCE’

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“ONCE” is the winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

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“ONCE,” winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, will play the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, located at 255 Almaden Blvd., for a limited engagement from April 21-26. Tickets for “Once” range in price from $33-$83 and are available now by visiting or by calling 800-982-ARTS(2787).

“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.

“ONCE” features the Academy Award-winning music and lyrics of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, a book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter, Enda Walsh (“Penelope,” “Hunger,” “The New Electric Ballroom”), direction by the acclaimed Scottish director of “Black Watch,” John Tiffany, movement by Steven Hoggett (“Black Watch,” “American Idiot”) and music supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe (“Mamma Mia!”). The set and costume design are by five-time Tony Award winner Bob Crowley (“The Coast of Utopia,” “Mary Poppins”), lighting design is by Tony winner Natasha Katz (“Aida,” “The Coast of Utopia”), and sound design is by Clive Goodwin.

“ONCE” is the celebrated new musical based on the 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 evolve into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together. Brought to the stage by an award-winning team of visionary artists and featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actor/musicians, “ONCE” is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty and unforgettable in every way.

The 2007 Academy Award-winning film, “ONCE,” was written and directed by John Carney and starred Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, with original music and lyrics by Hansard and Irglová.

The Oscar winning independent Irish film “ONCE” was made for $150,000. Shot in 17 days, it went on to gross $20 million worldwide, becoming a critically acclaimed international smash. It stars Hansard, from the popular Irish rock band The Frames, and Irglová. Hansard and Irglová won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Original song for “Falling Slowly,” the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Music, and the soundtrack was nominated for two Grammy Awards.

“ONCE” was originally developed at the American Repertory Theater (Cambridge, Massachusetts) in April 2011; Diane Paulus, Artistic Director; Diane Borger, Producer.

A developmental run of “ONCE” at New York Theatre Workshop (James C. Nicola and William Russo) began performances on Nov. 15, 2011 and opened Dec. 6. The production broke box office records and concluded a sold-out engagement, including a two-week extension through Jan. 15, 2012.

“ONCE” is produced by Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson, Orin Wolf and Executive Producer Robert Cole, in association with New York Theatre Workshop.

The San Jose engagement of “ONCE” is presented by Broadway San Jose, a Nederlander Presentation.

About the company:
Broadway San Jose presents Broadway musical theatre to the Silicon Valley. They perform in the heart of beautiful downtown San Jose at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts. As part of the Nederlander family, the Silicon Valley is directly connected to Broadway in New York, making it easy for them to bring the magic of Broadway right to San Jose. For more information, visit

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