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'Once' Musical Will Open on Broadway

Show based on hit movie opened Off Broadway last night

December 7, 2011 9:15 AM ET
Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard perform their song from 'Once' during the 80th Annual Academy Awards.
Marketa Irglova and Glen Hansard perform their song from 'Once' during the 80th Annual Academy Awards.
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A new musical based on the film Once will go directly to Broadway following its Off Broadway run at the New York Theater Workshop, which began last night in Manhattan. The show, which features music and lyrics by the Swell Season's Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, will begin previews for its Broadway run at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater on February 28th and open officially on March 18th. It is very unusual – practically unheard of – for a show's Broadway run to be announced in advance of its Off Broadway opening.

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The film version of Once, written and directed by Irish filmmaker John Carney, came out in 2007 and launched the careers of Hansard and Irglová, who starred as buskers in love in. The two won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for their song "Falling Slowly" at the 80th Academy Awards in 2008.

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