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‘Once on This Island' Books Broadway Return

Once again, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's 1990 musical "Once on This Island" will play Broadway.

A revival of the Tony-nominated musical has booked a return to the New York stage. Directed by Michael Arden ("Spring Awakening"), it will begin performances Nov. 9 prior to a Dec. 3 opening at a theatre to be announced.

The musical, set in the Caribbean, tells the story of a peasant girl name Ti Moune who falls in love with a wealthy man she saves from a car crash--and the four island gods who test their romance.

While no casting has been announced at this time, an international casting search for the role of Ti Moune will be held beginning April 7 in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.

The search will continue in Detroit (April 14), Chicago (April 15), Los Angeles (April 27), New Orleans (April 29), Atlanta (April 30), and New York (May 2).

Original orchestrator Michael Starobin will return to the show for musical arrangements. Casting and additional creatives will be announced at a later date.

"Once on This Island" premiered at Playwright’s Horizons in 1990 before transferring to Broadway in October of that year. The original production closed in Dec. 1991 after 469 performances.

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