Musicals like this only come along but ONCE.

Rothstein has enlisted a cast of eminently enjoyable musician/actors.
— Pioneer Press

Sept 12 - Oct 27, 2018
Ritz Theater

Book by Enda Walsh
Music & Lyrics by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
Based on the Motion Picture Written and Directed by John Carney

Directed by Peter Rothstein
Music Direction by Jason Hansen
Choreography by Kelli Foster Warder

Starring Ben Bakken and Britta Ollmann

On the streets of Dublin, an Irish songwriter and a Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolves into a powerful but complicated love story, propelled by emotionally charged music. Winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Once is an artistic triumph about the power of music to connect us all.

Runtime: 2 hours 15 minutes including intermission.


PS = Post Show Discussion HH = Post-show Happy Hour with the cast
ASL/AD Performance is Thursday, September 27 at 7:30 pm. Reduced price tickets are available for $17.50 for ASL/AD patrons and one guest. Please call 612-339-3003 to purchase.


Photo credit Dan Norman




Director: Peter Rothstein**
Music Director: Jason Hansen†
Choreographer: Kelli Foster Warder**
Scenic Designer: Michael Hoover
Costume Designer: Mathew LeFebvre^
Lighting Designer: Grant E. Merges
Sound Designer: Kevin Springer
Stage Manager: Tiffany K. Orr*
Substitute Stage Manager: D. Marie Long*
Assistant Stage Manager: April Harding*
Dialect Coach: Foster Johns
Technical Director: Bethany Reinfeld
Properties Master: Abbee Warmboe
Assistant Director: Derek Prestly
Wardrobe Crew:  Dakota Blankenship
Laundry: Tiffany Clem
Scenic Charge: Dietrich Poppen
Master Electrician: Ray Steveson
Asst. Master Electrician: Micayla Thebault-Spieker
Audio Engineer: Nicholas Tranby
Followspot Operators: Nick Fetting, Joanna McLarnan
Sub. Followspot Operator: Jeremy Ellarby

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors
**Member of SDC, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union
†Member of Twin Cities Musicians Union, American Federation of Musicians
^Member of the United Scenic Artists, a national union that represents designers and scenic painters for the American theater

Listen to ONCE on Spotify

Scenic Design

Scenic Design by Michael Hoover

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Music is a love affair in ONCE.
— Star Tribune
A lot of well as some marvelous musicianship.
— Pioneer Press
It will make your heart ache in the best possible way.
— Cherry and Spoon