Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

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  • "His music needed one thing: Her." The main male and female characters in "Once" press their foreheads together while keeping their eyes closed.
  • "Eight Tony Awards including Best Musical. Winner! 2013 Grammy Award (for) Best Musical Theater Album"
  • The musical's male and female protagonists—standing in the center and playing their guitar and violin, respectively—are flanked by a male guitarist to the left and a female guitarist to the right while they perform on stage in front of a set designed to look like the inside of a pub.
  • "Guy," the main character in "Once," sings into a microphone and plays guitar while musicians and members of the cast in the background assist in the musical performance.
  • "Guy," the main character in "Once," sings and plays guitar while standing on a short stage as members of the musical's cast sit facing him and help with the song's performance.
  • While both sitting in chairs, "Guy" watches "Girl" as she listens to music on headphones and smiles.
  • ONCE


7:30 pm Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights. But their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams, not living in fear, and the power of music to connect all of us.

Adult $65, $56
University Park Student $47, $38
18 and Younger $48, $39

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Secondary Events on Each Event

Before-ONCE Open Mike

4:00 pm Sunday, January 29, 2017

Café Lemont
921 Pike St., Lemont

Free and open to the public

The musical ONCE encourages us to go for our dreams and shows us, on stage, how that can be done through the power of music. Café Lemont is known for its intimate environment, which makes it an ideal setting to share music with one another. Bring an acoustic musical instrument, and plan to play for a minimum of fifteen minutes (or longer, depending on the number of musicians who sign up). Plan to arrive by 3:45 p.m. in order to obtain a performance slot for the two-hour event. Questions? Email Medora Ebersole at mde13@psu.edu.

Artistic Viewpoints

6:30 pm Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Eisenhower Auditorium

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a visiting artist or artists, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.

Audio Description

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Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for this performance at no extra charge to ticket holders. Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance of the performance. Phone 814-863-0255 to reserve this service.