Once On This Island

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Opening Night: May 6, 1990

Closing Night: May 27, 1990

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Music: Stephen Flaherty

Lyrics: Lynn Ahrens

Book: Lynn Ahrens

On a stormy night on a Caribbean island, villagers tell the story of Ti Moune to a frightened young girl. In the tale, Ti Moune is a peasant orphan girl saved from a deadly storm by the gods. She falls in love with Daniel Beauxhomme, a young, upper-class grande homme who returns her affection, but struggles with their difference in class. The legendary story tests whether love or death is stronger and conveys themes of love, acceptance, and unity.

Musical Numbers

We Dance……………………………………….Storytellers
One Small Girl……….Mama Euralie, Tonton Julian,
                                  Little Ti Moune, Storytellers
Waiting for Life……………….Ti Moune, Storytellers
And the Gods Heard Her Prayer……..Asaka, Agwe,
                                                      Papa Ge, Erzulie
Rain………………………………………Agwe, Storytellers
Pray………Ti Moune, Tonton Julian, Mama Euralie,
                Guard, Storytellers
Forever Yours…………..Ti Moune, Daniel, Papa Ge
The Sad Tale of the Beauxhommes………..Armand,
                                                              Storytellers
Ti Moune………………Mama Euralie, Tonton Julian,
                                  Ti Moune
Mama Will Provide………………..Asaka, Storytellers
Waiting for Life (Reprise)……………………Ti Moune
Some Say…………………………………………Storytellers
The Human Heart……………….Erzulie, Storytellers
Pray (Reprise)………………………………….Storytellers
Some Girls………………………………………………Daniel
The Ball….Andrea, Daniel, Ti Moune, Storytellers
Forever Yours (Reprise)………..Papa Ge, Ti Moune,
                                                 Erzulie, Storytellers
A Part of Us………..Mama Euralie, Little Ti Moune,
                              Tonton Julian, Storytellers
Why We Tell the Story…………………….Storytellers

Other Productions

1990 Broadway Production
2017 Broadway Revival