• book by Enda Walsh
  • music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
  • directed by Steve Steiner
  • choregraphy and musical staging by Paula Sloan
  • musical direction by Julia Hoffmann
  • based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney


‘Guy meets Girl’ in this tender love story about a struggling Irish musician on the verge of giving up, and a piano-playing Czech immigrant who reminds him how to dream. Featuring an outstanding ensemble of performers playing their instruments live on stage, this emotionally captivating musical is the only show to have music that won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Olivier Award and a Tony Award. With all of the magical songs from the critically acclaimed film, including the Oscar-winning "Falling Slowly," this achingly beautiful, joyously uplifting show strikes an unforgettable chord in audiences and speaks to the power of music to connect us all.

A Video Sneak Peak at the First Few Days of Rehearsal:

Press Coverage

  • LAExcites.com - Laguna Playhouse’s ‘Once’ Plays & Pulls Heartstrings

    TERRIFIC!  BREATHTAKING!  A TRIUMPHANT CELEBRATION! THERE’S NO MISTAKING THE OTHERWORLDLY TALENT ON DISPLAY!  This Once is raw, true-to-life, bittersweet, and is impelled by virtuoso musicians who create a mellifluent experience that oftentimes borders on the transcendent.

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