Stage Version of ‘Once’ Will Start Downtown

For once (har, har) there is a movie to stage adaptation that doesn’t feel wholly depressing from the outset.

Rather than open on Broadway in the fall as producers originally hoped, the musical adaptation of the 2006 Dublin-set indie film “Once” will receive a downtown production at New York Theater Workshop in November, with Broadway a possibility after that, according to executives involved with the show.

The musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, who played the lead characters in the film and won an Academy Award for one of its original songs,“Falling Slowly,” have written the music and lyrics for the stage production, and the playwright Enda Walsh (“Penelope”) has written the book. The Off Broadway production will be directed by John Tiffany, best known in New York for the Iraq war play “Black Watch” at St. Ann’s Warehouse, and choreographed by Steven Hoggett (“Peter and the Starcatcher,” “American Idiot”).

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