SF Arts: SanFran's 42nd Street Moon Announces Bay Area Regional Premiere of Tony Award Wining Best Musical "Once"

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San Francisco’s 42nd Street Moon (Daren A.C. Carollo and Daniel Thomas, Co-Executive Directors) announces the full cast and creative team for their next production, the highly-anticipated Bay Area regional premiere of 2012’s Tony Award-winning "Best Musical" ONCE.

Based on the 2007 motion picture written and directed by John Carney, ONCE features a book by Enda Walsh (2012 Tony Award-winner, "Best Book of a Musical") and a score by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová (including the 2008 Academy Award-winning song "Falling Slowly").

42nd Street Moon’s production of ONCE runs from June 12 – 30, 2019 and will perform at San Francisco’s Gateway Theatre (215 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94111). The press opening will take place on Saturday, June 15 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets range from $28 - $75 and can be purchased through the Box Office or online at www.42ndstmoon.org.


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42nd Street Moon’s production of ONCE will be directed and choreographed by Cindy Goldfield, with music direction by Eryn Allen (Moon debut). The cast will accompany themselves on instruments. 

The cast of ONCE will feature Emma Berman as "vonka," Cody Craven as "Guy," Matt Davis as "Bank Manager," Jake Gale as "Švec," Devin Renée Kelly as "Réza," Brady Morales Woolery* as "Andrej," Ariela Morgenstern* as "Baruška," Bryan Munar as "Eamon," Olivia Nice* as "Girl," Christina Owens as “Ex-Girlfriend,” Rob Ready as “Billy,” Colin Thomson* as “Da” and Myra Chachkin as “Emcee.” With the exception of Colin Thomson* - recently seen in in the title role in 42nd Street Moon’s FIORELLO! – all cast members are making their Moon debuts!


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In addition to Ms. Goldfield (who will also be serving as Costumer Designer) and Ms. Allen, the creative team will include Michael Palumbo as Lighting Designer, Brian Watson as Scenic Designer, Travis Rexroat as Sound Designer/Mic Operator, Lauren Howry* as Assistant Stage Manager and Alicia Lerner* as Stage Manager.

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.

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Based on the 2007 movie, ONCE tells of an Irish musician who learns to love and dream again through a fateful week with a Czech immigrant. Heart-breakingly romantic but also bursting with joy and humor, ONCE features a lively folk score - with the onstage actors playing their own instruments - and is the only score to have won an Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Olivier Award. ONCE demonstrates the power that music has to connect us all.

"ONCE is the kind of show that gets inside you and rattles you with recognition," said Director Cindy Goldfield. "In addition to the themes of immigration and cross-cultural migration, we watch the two characters connect and find a shared passion and sensibility, and while doing so, we remember our own version of this universal heartache. This is driven home by the presence, witnessing and participation of the ensemble."

Not only are they there to create the gorgeous sound and add the various characters that populate the world of the play, they are also an intrinsic part of the experience….while the actors themselves experience the recognition of just missing out on the ‘real thing.’

As John Carney (the director of the original source material film of the same name which stars the composers of the music, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglova) commented, "It's the ones who are gone who haunt you for the rest of your life. Instead of saying, ‘I love you’ or ‘I miss you,’ they just disappear."

ONCE runs about two hours and fifteen minutes, including one intermission.

42nd Street Moon’s 2018-2019 season will continue with the World Premiere of Michael Patrick Gaffney’s one-man show THE OLDEST LIVING CATER WAITER (performances begin June 23, 2019). The upcoming 2019-2020 season will include full productions of HOT MIKADO (September 25 – October 13, 2019), SCROOGE IN LOVE! (Back by popular demand, December 4 – 23, 2019), A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER (February 26 – March 15, 2020), THE PAJAMA GAME (April 15 – May 3, 2020), MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (the 1981 Musical) (May 13 – June 14, 2020) and MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (the 1934 Play) (May 20 – June 23, 2020). The 2019-2020 season will also include TITANIC THE MUSICAL In Concert (September 7 and 8, 2019) and the inauguration of two ambitious new programs: the BACK-TO-BACK SERIES and THE SONDHEIM SWEEP.

Subscriptions and more information about 42nd Street Moon are available online at www.42ndstmoon.org.Tickets to ONCE may be purchased online at www.42ndstmoon.org.


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42nd Street Moon celebrates and preserves the art and spirit of the American Musical Theatre. The organization contributes to its evolution and continuing vitality by presenting intimately produced performances of classic and rarely performed musical works. Through productions, educational programs, and community outreach, 42nd Street Moon is committed to increasing the awareness and appreciation of the rich heritage and cultural perspective of the musical theatre and its vast influence on the world stage. For more information, visit: www.42ndstmoon.org.

The Team:

Company: The cast of ONCE will feature Emma Berman as “Ivonka,” Cody Craven as “Guy,” Matt Davis as “Bank Manager,” Jake Gale as “Švec,” Devin Renée Kelly as “Réza,” Brady Morales Woolery* as “Andrej,” Ariela Morgenstern* as “Baruška,” Bryan Munar as “Eamon,” Olivia Nice* as “Girl,” Christina Owens as “Ex-Girlfriend,” Rob Ready as “Billy,” Colin Thomson* as “Da” and Myra Chachkin as “Emcee.”

Book by Enda Walsh
Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
Directed and Choreographed by: Cindy Goldfield
Music Director: Eryn Allen

Scenic Designer: Brian Watson
Lighting Designer: Michael Palumbo
Costume Designer: Cindy Goldfield
Sound Designer/Mic Operator: Travis Rexroat
Assistant Stage Manager: Lauren Howry*
Stage Manager: Alicia Lerner*

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.

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