The musical will feature music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, a book by Enda Walsh, direction by John Tiffany, design by Bob Crowley, musical staging by Steven Hoggett, and musical direction by Martin Lowe. A pre-Broadway workshop presentation of the musical will take place in late April and early May 2011 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA.
Once is a modern day musical set on the streets of Dublin about a GUY (a busker by day, hoover repairman by night), and a GIRL (Czech immigrant). The two are drawn together through their shared love of music, and through the music they write, work through their past loves and feelings for each other.
Hansard and Irglová starred in the film version of Once, and received two Grammy nominations and won an Academy Award in 2008 for Best Original Song for the film's "Falling Slowly."