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Once upon a time, a magical musical gets born. And gets to play in Pittsburgh

Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal from the ONCE Tour Company.
Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal from the ONCE Tour Company.
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Once in a lifetime, a prayer is answered.
Once, winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, will play the Benedum Center for a limited engagement from Tuesday, March 11 through Sunday, March 16.
Thank you Lord!
Once, which was also named Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards, features the Academy Award-winning music and lyrics of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, a book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter, Enda Walsh, direction by the acclaimed Scottish director of Black Watch, John Tiffany, movement by Steven Hoggett and music supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe. The set and costume design are by five time Tony Award winner Bob Crowley, lighting design is by Tony winner Natasha Katz, and sound design is by Clive Goodwin.
Once is the celebrated new musical based on the Academy Award-winning 2007 film telling 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. Brought to the stage by an award-winning team of visionary artists and featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actor/musicians, Once is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty... and unforgettable in every way.
The 2007 Academy Award-winning film, Once, was written and directed by John Carney, and starred Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, with original music and lyrics by Hansard and Irglová. The Oscar winning independent Irish film was made for $150,000 shot in 17 days, and went on to gross $20 million worldwide, becoming a critically acclaimed international smash.
Look at it this way: Once a visit to Shrek the Musical, Many to Once.

The performance schedule is Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets begin at $29 and are available or by calling 412.456.4800.

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