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Once on This Island   

Booth Theatre, (10/18/1990 - 12/01/1991)
First Preview: Oct 02, 1990 Total Previews: 19
Opening Date: Oct 18, 1990    
Closing Date: Dec 01, 1991 Total Performances: 469

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway
Setting: An island in the French Antilles. Night, in a storm.
Comments: Transferred from off-Broadway (Playwrights Horizons)



Production Staff
Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President)
Produced by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President), Capital Cities/ABC Inc., Suntory International Corporation and James Walsh; Produced in association with Playwrights Horizons
Book by Lynn Ahrens; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens; Music by Stephen Flaherty; Based on the novel "My Love, My Love" by Rosa Guy; Music orchestrated by Michael Starobin; Vocal arrangements by Stephen Flaherty; Dance arrangements by Stephen Flaherty; Musical Director: Steve Marzullo; Percussion concepts by Norbert Goldberg
Directed by Graciela Daniele; Choreographed by Graciela Daniele; Associate Choreographer: Willie Rosario
Scenic Design by Loy Arcenas; Costume Design by Judy Dearing; Lighting Design by Allen Lee Hughes; Sound Design by Scott Lehrer
General Manager: James Walsh; Company Manager: Florie Seery
Production Stage Manager: Leslie Loeb; Stage Manager: Fred Tyson; Assistant Stage Mgr: PaSean Wilson
Musical Coordinator: Seymour "Red" Press; Conducted by Steve Marzullo; Music Copying: Emily Grishman
Casting: Alan Filderman and Daniel Swee; General Press Representative: Philip Rinaldi; Musical Theatre Program Director for Playwrights Horizons: Ira Weitzman; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Dance Captain: Gerry McIntyre
Cast
Jerry Dixon
Daniel
Andrea Frierson
Erzulie
Goddess of Love
Sheila Gibbs
Mama Euralie
LaChanze
Ti Moune
Kecia Lewis-Evans
Asaka
Mother of the Earth
Afi McClendon
Little Ti Moune
Gerry McIntyre
Armand
Milton Craig Nealy
Agwe
God of Water
Nikki Rene
Andrea
Eric Riley
Papa Ge
Demon of Death
Ellis E. Williams
Tonton Julian
Understudies: Gerry McIntyre (Papa Ge), Desiree Scott (Little Ti Moune), Keith Tyrone (Agwe, Armand, Daniel, Tonton Julian), Fuschia Walker (Asaka, Erzulie, Mama Euralie) and PaSean Wilson (Andrea, Ti Moune)
Tony Award®
1991 Best Musical [nominee]
Produced by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Bernard B. Jacobs: President), Capital Cities/ABC Inc., Suntory International Corporation and James Walsh; Produced in association with Playwrights Horizons
1991 Best Book of a Musical [nominee]
Book by Lynn Ahrens
1991 Best Original Score [nominee]
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
1991 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee]
LaChanze
1991 Best Costume Design [nominee]
Judy Dearing
1991 Best Lighting Design [nominee]
Allen Lee Hughes
1991 Best Choreography [nominee]
Graciela Daniele
1991 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee]
Graciela Daniele
Drama Desk Award
1991 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [nominee]
LaChanze
Theatre World
winner 1991 Award [recipient]
LaChanze
music by Stephen Flaherty; lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
We Dance Storytellers
One Small Girl Mama Euralie, Tonton Julian, Little Ti Moune and Storytellers
Waiting for Life Ti Moune and Storytellers
And the Gods Heard Her Prayer Asaka, Agwe, Papa Ge and Erzulie
Rain Agwe and Storytellers
Pray Ti Moune, Tonton Julian, Mama Euralie, Guard and Storytellers
Forever Yours Ti Moune, Daniel and Papa Ge
The Sad Tale of the Beauxhommes Armand and Storytellers
Ti Moune Mama Euralie, Tonton Julian and Ti Moune
Mama Will Provide Asaka and Storytellers
Waiting for Life (Reprise) Ti Moune
Some Say Storytellers
The Human Heart Erzulie and Storytellers
Pray (Reprise) Storytellers
Some Girls Daniel
The Ball Andrea, Daniel, Ti Moune and Storytellers
Forever Yours (Reprise) Papa Ge, Ti Moune, Erzulie and Storytellers
A Part of Us Mama Euralie, Little Ti Moune, Tonton Julian and Storytellers
Why We Tell the Story Storytellers