Artistic Director & Director of Once Jim Corti is currently in New York at Legally Blonde auditions. With that and the Once cast announcement today, Corti is unable to pen his thoughts regarding the announcement, but we have a direct quote from Corti via phone this morning…




Paramount’s cast for Once is led by Barry DeBois and Tiffany Topol as Guy and Girl, respectively. An Oswego native, Topol returns to the Paramount after appearing in a community theater production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with Fox Valley Summer Stage when she was sixteen. More recent credits include national tours of Once and Xanadu, and closer to home, Shining Lives at Northlight, Sweet Charity at Writers Theatre and Eastland at Lookingglass. DeBois, who boasts numerous credits in New York and around the U.S., served as a swing and the music captain on the 2016-17 National Tour of Once. DeBois is making his Paramount debut in Once.

The principal cast also includes Jeanne T. Arrigo (Baruska), Jenn Chandler (Ex-Girlfriend), Alex E. Hardaway (Bank Manager), Nik Kmiecik (Andrej), Angel Lin (Eamon), Everleigh Murphy (Ivonka), Jon Patrick Penick (Billy), Cassidy Stirtz (Reza), Charlie Strater (MC), Larry Tobias (Da) and Grant Alan Watkins (Svec). The ensemble includes Elisa Carlson, Cory Goodrich, Matt Kahler, Michael Kurowski, Doug Pawlik and Matthew C. Yee.

Paramount’s production team for Once includes William Carlos Angulo, choreographer; Jeff Kmiec, scenic design; Theresa Ham, costume design; Nick Belley, lighting design; Mike Tutaj, projection design; Adam Rosenthal, sound design; Katie Cordts, wig, hair and makeup design; Amanda Relaford, properties design; Susan Gosdick, dialect coach; Klára Moldová, Czech Cultural Consultant; Trent Stork, associate director; Kory Danielson, assistant music director; Jinni Pike, stage manager; and Kelly Montgomery, assistant stage manager.

Tom Vendafreddo is Music Director. Once marks his 15th Paramount musical, preceded by Cabaret, Elf The Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Jeff Award, Music Direction), Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Mamma Mia!, West Side Story (Jeff Nomination, Music Direction), Hairspray – The Broadway Musical, A Christmas Story – The Musical (Jeff Nomination, Music Direction), Oklahoma! (Jeff Nomination, Music Direction), Les Misérables (Jeff Nomination, Music Direction), The Who’s Tommy, Mary Poppins and In the Heights.

People come into our lives for a reason. Sometimes it leaves us with joy, other times with sorrow. But it’s what we do with those chance encounters that truly define who we are.


Once opens April 25. Don’t miss it!

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