Why See Once On This Island?
The 1990 fairytale musical returns!
Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's bittersweet musical based on both Romeo and Juliet and The Little Mermaid is Broadway-bound in 2017, however it will first land at LA's Cerritos Center for a limited time only! First premiering in 1990, this socially-aware fairytale musical went onto win critical acclaim on Broadway, and an Olivier Award when it transferred to London in 1994. Watch as the power of love unites people of all races and classes, thanks to one young woman's ultimate sacrifice.
What is it about?
Our story takes place on Haiti during the early 20th century, where the populace is heavily segregated between the darker-skinned peasants who struggle for a living, and the lighter-skinned rich people, descendants of the white plantation owners and their slaves. A young girl, Ti Moune is swept away from her villageby a sudden flash flood, and the island gods save her life, foretlling that she has an important destiny.
Years later, and now a beautiful young woman, having been raised by a childless peasant couple, Ti Moune is yearning for adventure, and longs to be like the fairer-skinned rich folk who drive in fast cars on the island. Two of the gods use her as a pawn in a bet; what is more powerful, love or death?
The ultimate price
In a scene reminiscent of The Little Mermaid, Ti Moune rescues a handsome light-skinned man from his crashed car during a flash flood storm orchestrated by the gods; desperate to keep him from dying, she makes a deal with Death: his life for her soul. What transpires is a heartbreaking journey of unrequited love, pain but ultimate redemption for everyone on the island.
Opening night: 24 February 2017
Suitable for ages 12+
90 minutes without intermission
And before you stop reading
Image shown courtesy of the 2012 off-Broadway production
Cast and Creative
Created by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Based on the novel My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy
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