Theater: “Once on This Island”

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Based on Trinidadian-American writer Rosa Guy’s 1985 novel My Love, My Love, the popular 1990 musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flahert, Once on This Island, returns to Broadway next week with award-winning Lea Salonga as Erzulie. The novel has been described as a Caribbean re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ with a dash of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ [A line in the description below makes it all poignantly current: “This production transforms the reality of a tropical village devastated by a storm into a fantastical world alive with hope.”]

Previews begin on November 9, 2017 (Circle in the Square Theatre, 235 West 50th Street, New York, New York.)

Description: Once On This Island 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 keep them apart, Ti Moune is guided by the powerful island gods, Erzulie (Ms. Salonga), Asaka (Alex Newell, “Glee”), Papa Ge (Merle Dandridge, “Greenleaf”), and Agwe (Quentin Earl Darrington, Cats), 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 in a striking production by Tony Award®-nominated director Michael Arden (Spring Awakening revival) and acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown. This production 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 theatre to bring us together, move our hearts, and help us conquer life’s storms. You are why we tell the story.

For more information, see http://onceonthisisland.com/

Also see related articles at http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/once-island-lea-salonga-joins-broadway-revival-1027610 and https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Breaking-Lea-Salonga-Merle-Dandridge-Quentin-Earl-Darrington-Alex-Newell-Join-ONCE-ON-THIS-ISLAND-20170808

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