TONY AWARD® WINNER!
BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL
“What a delight it is to enter the world of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND!” raves The New York Times. Time Out New York cheers, “After seeing this imaginative and dynamic musical, you may feel once is not enough!”
Rain falls, fire burns, wind blows, and hearts soar. Set on a stunningly detailed re-creation of a sea-swept Caribbean village, ONCE ON THIS ISLAND surrounds the audience with the vibrant story of a woman who travels far and wide to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.
Along the way, you’ll feel breezy winds, the heat of real fire, sand beneath your feet, and take in the scents of authentic island cooking. Plus, you can watch real animals play alongside our cast featuring Tony Award-winner Lea Salonga, Glee’s Alex Newell, American Idol’s Tamyra Gray, and Ragtime’s Quentin Earl Darrington. As soon as the show begins, you’ll know why you had to see it at once.
MEET THE GODS
ORIGIN: Traditionally the spirit of love, beauty, jewelry, dancing, luxury and flowers.
TRAITS: Deeply compassionate, her symbol is the heart. As the embodiment of femininity, she is a defender of women and children, and is frequently depicted protectively holding a young child.
ORIGIN: The loa of harvest and the patron of agriculture, she is also called Azaka.
TRAITS: Up in the Haitian mountains, the farmers frequently pray to Asaka for good harvest. In ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, she guides our heroine Ti Moune on her journey, and shows her how the land itself can help.
ORIGIN: Based on Papa Ghede, from the loa family of death.
TRAITS: Sinister and seductive, Papa Ghede is commonly believed to be the corpse of the very first man who died. He stands at the crossroads between the living and the dead, eagerly waiting to carry souls into the afterlife.
ORIGIN: The loa of direction, specifically across the oceans.
TRAITS: Often depicted as dashing and handsome, Agwe controls the currents, waves and ocean depths. Sometimes dressed as a naval officer, he guides all sea travelers home.