The revival of Once On This Island is drawing huge accolades in New York City. The Broadway musical, which is set in the French Antilles, includes elements of the Romeo & Juliet story and elements of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, The Little Mermaid.
Once On This Island is the universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her destiny in this world. Upon falling in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of the island, she is ready to risk everything for love when their divided cultures keep them apart. Guided by the powerful island gods – Erzulie, Asaka, Papa Ge, and Agwe – Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.
The show is adapted from the 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy, a Trinidad-born writer who was orphaned at a young age and grew up in New York. The one-act musical features lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty.
Nineteen-year-old ingenue, Hailey Kilgore, stars as Ti Moune. Her debut performance on broadway earned her a Tony nomination in 2018!