We are pleased to announce the publication of the new musical Once, with book by Enda Walsh and music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. The celebrated new musical based on the Academy Award®-winning film premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2011 before moving to Broadway the following spring, where it is enjoying an open-ended run. Once received eleven Tony Award® nominations and eight wins, including Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical.
“Original and emotionally exhilarating, Once is the sort of revivifying breeze nowhere more necessary than on Broadway.” ― Washington Post
Retaining the film’s heartfelt music and lyrics, Once tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together. Once is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty and unforgettable in every way. Pick up your copy of Once at the TCG Bookstore!
Enda Walsh is the author of five Edinburgh Festival Fringe First Award-winning plays, including Penelope, The Walworth Farce and The New Electric Ballroom. He also co-wrote the film Hunger, which won the Camera d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová are the stars and songwriters of the 2006 film, Once, for which they won an Academy Award for Best Song. The two comprise the musical folk-rock duo, The Swell Season, which is currently on a world tour. A documentary film of the duo, The Swell Season, was an official selection of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Hansard is also a member of the Irish band, The Frames, and Irglová is a classically trained Czech pianist and vocalist.