“Once,” winner of the 2012 Tony Award for best musical, will play the Lied Center for Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 and at 2 and 7 p.m. Oct. 8. The engagement kicks off the Lied Center’s 2016-17 Glenn Korff Broadway Series.
Tickets are on sale here, by phone at 402-472-4747 or at the Lied Center box office, 301 N. 12th St. Tickets are available to University of Nebraska-Lincoln students at a 50 percent discount with a valid NCard. Thousands of tickets are also available to UNL students at no charge through the Lied Center’s Arts for All initiative. Those tickets can be reserved here.
In addition to winning eight Tony Awards, “Once” was named best musical by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards. It ran for more than 1,100 performances on Broadway, with acclaimed international productions from London and Melbourne to Japan and South Korea.
Based on the independent Irish film of the same name, the musical tells the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of a week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together.
The film was written and directed by John Carney and starred Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, with original music and lyrics by those two performers. The pair won the 2007 Academy Award for best original song for “Falling Slowly,” and the soundtrack was nominated for two Grammy Awards.
The performance is supported by ALLO Communications and Patron Friend Sponsors Linda and Del Smith and Larry and Bets Frederick.