The Story
Once On This Island
Music
STEPHEN FLAHERTY

Book & Lyrics
LYNN AHRENS
Based on Rosa Guy's novel "My Love, My Love," this is a musical tale of love, loss and redemption performed by a group of Carribean peasants as they wait out a violent storm. The story they tell is of a young peasant girl who leaves her village in search of her lover, sent on a journey by the gods of her island to test the ultimate strength of her love. It is the peasant's version of what became of her, filtered through their faith and their imaginations.

PHOTOS
Original Broadway Production
2017 Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

VIDEOS
La Chanze and Lillias White lead the original 1990 Broadway cast in a performance of 'The Human Heart' and 'Mama Will Provide' at the Tony Awards.

MUSIC
The Human Heart
Lea Salonga, The Storytellers
2017 Broadway Cast Recording

THE STORY

SYNOPSIS

There is a violent storm raging around the small Caribbean island. A frightened child is being comforted by the storytellers. The island is inhabited by light skinned people who are the rich landowners and the darks skinned people who are the poor peasants who have to scrape for a living. Ti Moune is an orphan girl chosen by the gods for a special fate and saved for a special destiny by Asaka, mother of the Earth.

Now a grown-up, Ti Moune sees the handsome Daniel Beauxhomme passing by in his fine car. In the storm the car crashes and Ti Moune rushes to his rescue. By cheating the Demon of Death, Papa Ge, Ti Moune saves Daniel's life but at a terrible price - her soul. In the past, in the 19th century, Armand, a Frenchman, has a son, the original Beauxhomme. It is he who rises up and expels his father and his compatriots from the island - but he and his future descendants are cursed by Armand.

Ti Moune wants to marry Daniel but Euralie, who raised her, points out the impossibility of this as they are from different social class. Nevertheless, the pair become lovers. As Daniel recovers, he realises his responsibilities; his bride-to-be is the rich Andrea Devereaux and the announcement of their engagement is made at a grand ball.

Papa Ge arrives to claim Ti Moune. It is only by killing Daniel herself that can save her from her part in the Devil's bargain. Of course, she is unable to do the only thing that can save her.

After the wedding of Daniel and Andrea, the newly married couple come to the front of the hotel and throw coins to the peasants. Daniel gives a coin to Ti Moune but she is dying. Her life and untimely death leave a positive ending to the story - the power of love conquers the fear of death.

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CAST & CREATIVES
Creative
Direction MICHAEL ARDEN
Choreography CAMILLE A. BROWN
Orchestrations MICHAEL STAROBIN & ANNMARIE MILAZZO
Scenic Design DANE LAFFREY
Costume Design CLINT RAMOS
Lighting Design JULES FISHER & PEGGY EISENHAUER
Sound Design PETER HYLENSKI
Cast
Ti Moune HAILEY KILGORE
Daniel ISAAC POWELL
Mama Euralie KENITA R. MILLER
Tonton Julian PHILLIP BOYKIN
Asaka, Goddess of Earth ALEX NEWELL
Erzulie, Goddess of Love LEA SALONGA
Agwe, God of Water QUENTIN EARL DARRNGTON
Papa Ge, Demon of Death MERLE DANDRIDGE
Creative
Producer THE SHUBERT ORGANIZATION, CAPITAL CITIES/ABC INC, SUNTORY INTERNATIONAL CORP., JAMES WALSH
Associate Producer PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS
Direction & Choreography GRACIELA DANIELE
Orchestrations MICHAEL STAROBIN
Musical Director STEVE MARZULLO
Scenic Design LOY ARCENAS
Costume Design JUDY DEARING
Lighting Design ALLEN LEE HUGHES
Sound Design SCOTT LEHRER
Cast
Ti Moune LA CHANZE
Daniel JERRY DIXON
Mama Euralie SHEILA GIBBS
Tonton Julian ELLIS E. WILLIAMS
Asaka, Goddess of Earth KECIA LEWIS-EVANS
Erzulie, Goddess of Love ANDREA FRIERSON
Agwe, God of Water MILTON CRAIG NEALY
Papa Ge, Demon of Death ERIC RILEY
MUSICAL NUMBERS
THE SONGS

We DanceStorytellers
One Small GirlMama Euralie, Tonton Julian, Little Ti Moune and Storytellers
Waiting for LifeTi Moune and Storytellers
And the Gods Heard Her PrayerAsaka, Agwe, Papa Ge and Erzulie
RainAgwe and Storytellers
PrayTi Moune, Tonton Julian, Mama Euralie, Guard and Storytellers
Forever YoursTi Moune, Daniel and Papa Ge
The Sad Tale of the BeauxhommesArmand and Storytellers
Ti MouneMama Euralie, Tonton Julian and Ti Moune
Mama Will ProvideAsaka and Storytellers
Waiting for Life (Reprise)Ti Moune
Some SayStorytellers
The Human HeartErzulie and Storytellers
Pray (Reprise)Storytellers
Some GirlsDaniel
The BallAndrea, Daniel, Ti Moune and Storytellers
Forever Yours (Reprise)Papa Ge, Ti Moune, Erzulie and Storytellers
A Part of UsMama Euralie, Little Ti Moune, Tonton Julian and Storytellers
Why We Tell the StoryStorytellers

Murder For Two
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Frankenstein
SIGHTS & SOUNDS

Original Broadway Production
2017 Broadway Production
Artworks/ Posters

La Chanze and Lillias White lead the original 1990 Broadway cast in a performance of 'The Human Heart' and 'Mama Will Provide' at the Tony Awards.

We Dance The Storytellers Original Cast Recording
The Human Heart Lea Salonga, The Storytellers 2017 Broadway Cast Recording

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