Hailey Kilgore, Lea Salonga, and More Preview Broadway's Once on This Island
The Ahrens and Flaherty musical is directed by Michael Arden.
The cast of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's Once on This Island met the press at Manhattan Movement & Arts Center on Wednesday, October 25. Directed by Michael Arden and choreographed by Camille A. Brown, the musical will begin performances Thursday, November 9, with opening night set for December 3 at the Circle in the Square Theatre.
Hailey Kilgore leads the company in her Broadway debut as Ti Moune. She is joined by Phillip Boykin (Tonton Julian), Merle Dandridge (Papa Ge), Quentin Earl Darrington (Agwe), Emerson Davis (Little Girl), Alysha Deslorieux (Andrea), David Jennings (Armand), Kenita R. Miller (Mama Euralie), Alex Newell (Asaka), Isaac Powell (Daniel), and Lea Salonga (Erzulie). The Storytellers for this production include Darlesia Cearcy, Rodrick Covington, Cassondra James, David Jennings, Grasan Kingsberry, Tyler Hardwick, Loren Lott, T. Oliver Reid, Aurelia Williams, and Mia Williamson (Little Girl).
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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.