Tony Award® winner Lea Salonga returns to Broadway in Once On This Island, the Broadway musical celebration from the Tony Award®-winning writers of Anastasia and Ragtime.
Once On This Island is the tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. When their divided cultures keep them apart, Ti Moune is guided by the powerful island gods, Erzulie (Ms. Salonga), Asaka (Alex Newell, “Glee”), Papa Ge (Merle Dandridge, “Greenleaf”), and Agwe (Quentin Earl Darrington, Cats), on a remarkable quest to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.
Bursting with Caribbean colors, rhythms and dance, the story comes to vibrant life in a striking production by Tony Award®-nominated director Michael Arden (Spring Awakening revival) and acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown. This production transforms the reality of a tropical village devastated by a storm into a fantastical world alive with hope.
Come and gather around for Once On This Island, a triumph of the timeless power of theatre to bring us together, move our hearts, and help us conquer life’s storms. You are why we tell the story.
MEET THE CAST
SLY DEMON OF DEATH
ORIGIN: Based on Papa Ghede, from the loa family of death.
TRAITS: Sinister and seductive, Papa Ghede is commonly believed to be the corpse of the very first man who died. He stands at the crossroads between the living and the dead, eagerly waiting to carry souls into the afterlife.
GOD OF WATER
ORIGIN: The loa of direction, specifically across the oceans.
TRAITS: Often depicted as dashing and handsome, Agwe controls the currents, waves and ocean depths. Sometimes dressed as a naval officer, he guides all sea travelers home.
MOTHER OF THE EARTH
ORIGIN: The loa of harvest and the patron of agriculture, she is also called Azaka.
TRAITS: Up in the Haitian mountains, the farmers frequently pray to Asaka for good harvest. In ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, she guides our heroine Ti Moune on her journey, and shows her how the land itself can help.
GODDESS OF LOVE
ORIGIN: Traditionally the spirit of love, beauty, jewelry, dancing, luxury and flowers.
TRAITS: Deeply compassionate, her symbol is the heart. As the embodiment of femininity, she is a defender of women and children, and is frequently depicted protectively holding a young child.