Tony Award Winning ONCE, the Irish-Kissed Musical Sensation, Opens Arden Theatre Company’s 2018-19 Season

Directed by the Arden’s Producing Artistic Director Terry Nolan, performances of the critically-acclaimed show will begin on September 20 at the F. Otto Haas Stage.


The Tony Award winning musical sensation ONCE is coming to Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre Company.  The Irish-kissed show, which features the popular song “Falling Slowly,” kicks off the Arden’s 2018-19 season starting September 20 at the F. Otto Haas Stage.

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, ONCE tells the tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights. However, their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE is an unforgettable story about going for your dreams, not living in fear, and the power of music to connect all of us.


“ONCE is a celebration of the power of music to bring people together,” said Arden’s Producing Artistic Director Terry Nolan.  “Music can connect us, transport us, even heal us.  ONCE is a musical that we need right now, one that reminds us that we are all on this together.”


The cast for ONCE includes Ken Allen Neely as Guy, Katherine Fried as Girl, Scott Greer as Billy, Greg Wood as Da, Emily Mikesell as Baruska, Kendal Hartse as Reza, Mary Fishburne as Ex-Girlfriend, Alex Bechtel as Andrej, Skip Robinson as Svec, Justin Yoder as Eamon, Charlie DelMarcelle as Bank Manager, and Josh Totora as Emcee.


ONCE previews from Thursday, September 20 through Tuesday, September 25, 2018. Opening Night for press is Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 7pm. ONCE runs through October 21, 2018. The Opening Night sponsor is Harmelin Media.

Single ticket prices start at $37 with discounts available for groups of 15 or more, seniors, students, military, and educators. Call the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122, visit or visit the box office at 40 N. 2nd Street in Old City, Philadelphia.



Book by Enda Walsh
Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
Directed by Terrence J. Nolen
Arden Theatre Company – F. Otto Haas Stage                            
40 N. 2nd Street, Old City Philadelphia 19106          

September 20, 2018 – October 21, 2018 Press Opening: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 7pm


Tickets (Starting at $37) via 215.922.1122 or

Group discounts available for 15+
Student Rush tickets – 30 minutes before curtain for $10 cash, pending availability (must present valid student ID)



GUY: Ken Allen Neely
GIRL: Katherine Fried
BILLY: Scott Greer
DA: Greg Wood
BARUSKA: Emily Mikesell
REZA: Kendal Hartse
EX-GIRLFRIEND: Mary Fishburne
ANDREJ: Alex Bechtel
SVEC: Skip Robinson
EAMON: Justin Yoder
BANK MANAGER: Charlie DelMarcelle
EMCEE: Josh Totora


A Pay-What-You-Can performance of ONCE takes place on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at 8pm. The performance is open to the public and all ticket proceeds benefit

Post-show discussions will be held following performances on Thursday, October 4, at 7pm, Sunday, October 7, at 2pm, Wednesday, October 10, at 6:30pm, Sunday, October 14, at 2pm, and Wednesday, October 17, at 6:30 pm.

The Arden is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices and large-print programs at every performance. Open Captioned and Audio Described performances will take place on Friday, October 5 at 8pm and Saturday, October 6 at 2pm. Reservations are required for accessible seating and may be made by calling the Arden’s Box Office at 215.922.1122.

ABOUT ARDEN THEATRE COMPANY: Founded in 1988, Arden Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing to life great stories by great storytellers–on the stage, in the classroom, and in the community. Five productions are staged each season as part of the Mainstage series and two productions through Arden Children’s Theatre, the city’s first resident professional children’s theatre program. New work is produced through the Independence Foundation New Play Showcase. The Arden’s Education Department includes: Arden for All (AFA), a theatre access and education program for underserved young people; Arden Drama School, the after-school, Saturday, and summer camp classes for students in grades pre-K-12; Teen Arden, an immersive after-school access program for Philadelphia-area based teenagers; and the Arden Professional Apprentice Program, a nationally renowned comprehensive theatre management training program. The Hamilton Family Arts Center is the new facility dedicated to education programs and new play development. The Arden has received numerous honors including 70 awards and 367 nominations from the Barrymore Awards for Excellence in Theatre. The Arden is a winner of four “Theatre Company of the Year” designations (Philadelphia Inquirer), six Philadelphia Magazine “Best of Philly” awards and three “Best of Philly Kids” awards, the City Paper’s Reader’s Choice Award and the prestigious “Great Friend to Kids Award” from the Please Touch Museum for Arden Children’s Theatre work. For accessibility efforts, the Arden was named a “Keystone of Accessibility” by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Arden Theatre Company is a professional, nonprofit 501(c)(3) theatre company and a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the League of Resident Theatres, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Old City Arts Association. The Arden also participates in The Barrymore Awards, a program of Theatre Philadelphia.

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