It’s official, the hit 90s musical Once on This Island is set for a revival on Broadway very soon. This revival will be directed by Tony-nominee Michael Arden and produced by Ken Davenport.
For those who have never heard of this musical, Once on This Island tells the tale of peasant girl named Ti Moune. This story takes place on the Antilles. After Ti Moune saves a man named Daniel from a car crash, she falls madly in love with him. Daniel eventually leaves to go live with his wealthy parents on another side of the island. The rest of the musical shows how Ti Moune is tested by the gods to prove her love for Daniel and her journey to reconnect with him. This plot is based on the novel My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy.
Some of the gods featured in this show include the Mother of the Earth Asaka, the Goddess of Love Erzulie, and the Demon of Death Papa Ge. While this overall story is full of trials and tribulations, there is also a great deal of humor in this musical. Since the setting is in Antilles, all of the songs in this musical have a Caribbean groove. One of the more popular songs people may be familiar with is “Mama Will Provide,” which Asaka sings.
Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens wrote the songs for this show. These two also composed the music for Ragtime: The Musical and the animated movie Anastasia. This new revival will be orchestrated by Michael Starobin.
When the original production of Once on This Island opened at the Booth Theatre in 1990, it was met with enthusiastic critical acclaim. This show clinched a total of eight nominations in the 1991 Tony Awards.
Michael Arden’s latest credits as a director include his work on the Deaf West revival of Spring Awakening and as the assistant director for A Tale of Two Cities. Ken Davenport actually worked with Arden as a producer for the Spring Awakening revival.
There has been no word yet on who will star in the new cast. Officials have also not yet released any details about when or where this revival will open.