"Once on This Island"

July 27, 2010 10:19:44 AM PDT
You can take a trip to the Caribbean without traveling far from home, by seeing Once on This Island at the Marriott Theatre in suburban Lincolnshire. Once on an Island is a musical love story set on a beautiful tropical island. Based on the novel My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy and the classic fairy tale The Little Mermaid, Once on this Island tells the story of Ti Moune, a poor peasant girl who falls in love with an upper-class gentleman named Daniel. The island gods of Love, Earth, Water, and Death try to manipulate the young lovers on a fateful journey that tests the strength of their love. The production features a contemporary, calypso-flavored score by the Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Ragtime). An imaginative story for all ages, Once on This Island received eight Tony Award Nominations in 1991, including Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book.

Continuing the 35th Anniversary Season at the Marriott, the Broadway musical is Directed and Choreographed by Jeff Award winner David H. Bell and stars Chasten Harmon as Ti Moune. Harmon most recently appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award winning revival of Hair. Once on This Island also stars Michael James Leslie as Tonton, Joslyn Jones as Mama Euralie, Brandon Koller as Daniel, Jesse Means as Papa Ge, Melody Betts as Asaka, Byron Glen Willis as Agwe, Melinda Wakefield Alberty as Erzulie, Max Kumangai as Armand, Caitlainne Rose Gurreri as Andrea, with ensemble members Alysha Deslorieux, Melvin Brandon Logan, Donica Lynn and Nya as Little Ti Moune.

Once on This Island runs through August 29. For tickets and show times, call the Marriott Theatre Box Office at 847.634.0200 or www.Ticketmaster.com. Dinner-theater packages are available. There is free parking is available at all performances. Visit www.MarriottTheatre.com for more information.

ABOUT CHASTEN HARMON (Ti Moune) She was last seen at the Marriott playing Lorraine in All Shook Up, Dir. Marc Robin. She recently made her Broadway debut in the Tony Award winning revival of HAIR. Off-Broadway: Iphigenia 2.0 (dir. by Tina Landau) at the Signature Theatre, Grind (Clementine) at The York Theatre. Regional: Leader of the Pack at the Cape Playhouse, Radiant Baby (Diva), HAIR (Soloist). Chasten received her training at NYU from Tisch School of the Arts.

Through August 29
Marriott Theatre