Performances Begin at the Straz Center in Tampa

Once, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and winner of the 2013 Grammy OnceMusical_copy2Award for Best Musical Theater Album, returns by popular demand to Tampa and the Straz Center’s Morsani Hall from September 22-27.

Once is the celebrated new musical based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning film. It tells 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 actors/musicians, Once is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty … and unforgettable in every way.

The Oscar-winning independent Irish film, Once was made for $150,000. Shot in 17 days, it went OnceMusical_copy1on to gross $20 million worldwide, becoming a critically-acclaimed international smash. It stars Glen Hansard, from the popular Irish rock band The Frames, and Markéta Irglová. Hansard and Irglová won the Academy Award for Best Original song for “Falling Slowly,” the Los Angeles Film Critics Award for Best Music and the soundtrack was nominated for two Grammy Awards.

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, ran for more than 1,100 performances on Broadway from 2012-2015, with acclaimed international productions from London and Melbourne to Japan and South Korea.

Straz_Single_LogoTickets are available for purchase now and begin at $46.50 per person. They can be bought by going directly to the box office (1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa) and online at strazcenter.org.

Be sure to check out a more in-depth feature on Once, including an interview, in a future issue of Hotspots. Once will come to the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale for an engagement from October 6-18. For more information on Once, visit oncemusical.com.

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Mike Halterman
Mike Halterman has been the editor of Hotspots Central since its launch in July 2016. He joined the Hotspots Media Group family as editor of Hotspots' South Florida magazine in June 2013. A former "40 Under 40" honoree in The Advocate magazine, Mike lives in the Tampa Bay area.