Tony winner Lea Salonga will return to Broadway in Michael Arden's new production of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's musical Once on This Island.
Salonga will take the role of Erzulie. Also newly announced for the production are Merle Dandridge as Papa Ge, Quentin Earl Darrington as Agwe, and Alex Newell as Asaka. They join Phillip Boykin, Alysha Deslorieux, Kenita R. Miller, and Isaac Powell as Tonton Julian, Andrea, Mama Euralie, and Daniel, respectively. Darlesia Cearcy, Rodrick Covington, Cassondra James, David Jennings, Grasan Kingsberry, Tyler Hardwick, Loren Lott, T. Oliver Reid, and Aurelia Williams play the storytellers. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
Directed by Michael Arden and choreographed by Camille A. Brown, the musical will play Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre beginning Thursday, November 9, with opening night set for December 3.
The production will feature new orchestrations by original orchestrator Michael Starobin, with AnnMarie Milazzo providing vocal orchestrations. The creative team also includes Dane Laffrey (scenic design), Clint Ramos (costume design), and Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer (lighting designers). Tony winner Nikki M. James will serve as assistant director, with David Perlow as associate director, Peter Hylenski as sound designer, Chris Fenwick as music supervisor, and Alvin Hough Jr. as music director.
The musical is inspired by the novel My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy. Arden's production "transforms the reality of post-storm Haiti into a fantastical world bursting with Caribbean rhythms and dance," according to a press release.
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