April 25, 2018 – June 3, 2018
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4 out of 4 stars from Chicago Tribune

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

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 defines who we are.

He was a singer about to give up his dream. She was a patron entranced by his music. It was a fateful meeting spurred by their shared love for music. Guy and Girl, as they’re known throughout the show, begin their relationship when he tells her of his day job as a vacuum cleaner repairman at his father’s shop. Lucky for him, she’s got a Hoover that “doesn’t suck.” When she asks him to fix it, she says she can only pay for the repair with a song. That song is all it takes for Guy and Girl to fall in love, but with that love also comes some baggage. Guy has an ex he can’t get out of his head, and Girl has an estranged husband and a daughter. What’s holding them back couldn’t be heavier, but when it comes to love, the only thing that can stop them is life.

Hailed as “glorious and inspiring,” “gorgeous” and “complete magic,” Once is based on the Oscar-winning movie and is an eight-time Tony Award-winning musical, including Best Musical, Best Actor and Best Book. It is both big and grand in its themes of love and longing, yet simple and subtle in its execution. In today’s world where we’re all struggling to connect, despite a million ways to do so, sometimes the simplest way is through song.


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Meet the Team

Artistic Team

Jim Corti


Paramount Theatre’s Artistic Director and 8-time Jeff Award winner


Barry DeBois *


previously in Kinky Boots and Once

Tiffany Topol *


Previously in Once.

Jeanne T. Arrigo *


making Paramount Theatre debut

Jenn Chandler *


previously in Once

Alex E. Hardaway

Bank Manger

making Paramount Theatre debut

Nik Kmiecik


making Paramount Theatre debut

Angel Lin *

Eamon, u/s Girl

making Paramount Theatre debut

Everleigh Murphy


making Paramount Theatre debut

Jon Patrick Penick


making Paramount Theatre debut

Cassidy Stirtz *


previously in Once

Charlie Strater

MC, u/s Bank Manager

making Paramount Theatre debut

Larry Tobias *


making Paramount Theatre debut

Grant Alan Watkins *


making Paramount Theatre debut

Elisa Carlson

Ensemble, u/s Eamon, u/s Ex-Girlfriend

making Paramount Theatre debut

Cory Goodrich *

Ensemble, u/s Baruska, u/s Reza, Dance Captain

previously in Once and Mary Poppins

Matt Kahler *

Ensemble, u/s Billy, u/s Da

making Paramount Theatre debut

Michael Kurowski *

Ensemble, u/s Svec, u/s Andrej, Music Captain

previously in Once and understudy in Million Dollar Quartet

Isabella Ouellette

u/s Ivanka

making Paramount Theatre debut

Doug Pawlik *

Ensemble, u/s Guy

previous understudy in Million Dollar Quartet and in Route 66 at the Copley Theatre

Matthew C. Yee *

Ensemble, u/s MC

making Paramount Theatre debut

* indicates member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA)
† indicates member of United Scenic Artists (USA)
‡ indicates member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC)

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