1 Act, Book Musical, Rated PG
Original Broadway Version (1990)
Celebrate storytelling with this rousing Calypso-flavored tale of one small girl who finds love in a world of prejudice.
From the TONY Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and
Stephen Flaherty (Seussical, Ragtime) comes the Olivier Award-winning
Once On This Island. This highly
original and theatrical Caribbean adaptation
of the popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid garnered eight TONY nominations
for its Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score.
Ti Moune, a peasant girl, rescues a wealthy boy from the other side
of the island, Daniel, with whom she falls in love. Unbeknownst to Ti
pompous gods who preside over the island make a bet with one another
over which is stronger, love or death, the stakes being Ti Moune's
life. When she
pursues Daniel, who has returned to his people, Ti Moune is shunned
because of her lowly status. Her determination and capacity to love,
though, is not
enough to win Daniel's heart and Ti Moune pays the ultimate price;
but the gods turn Ti Moune into a tree that grows so strong and so tall,
it breaks the
wall that separates the societies and ultimately unites them.
Once On This Island's small band, minimal set requirements, and
flexibly sized cast make it a producer and director's dream. It
possesses such a strong,
emotional backbone that it can stand tall from the grandest to most
modest of scales.
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The first musical to feature murder as an essential ingredient of the plot was Rose-Marie in 1924, in which a fur trapper was falsely accused of a killing.