Loren Lott has stepped in for Hailey Kilgore in Once on This Island due to injury
Hailey Kilgore is scheduled to return to the Broadway revival in approximately 8 weeks.
Understudy Loren Lott has assumed the leading role of Ti Moune in the Tony Award-winning "Best Revival of a Musical" Once on This Island at the Circle in the Square Theatre. Tony Award nominee and original cast member Hailey Kilgore has been forced to take a leave of absence due to a foot injury sustained on stage and is expected to return to the production in approximately eight weeks (or sooner, depending on the healing process).
Ms. Kilgore tweeted: "During my last show I broke my foot onstage. As a result of that I will not be able to be in the show. I'm very disappointed that I will not be there every day to tell the story with my incredible family of a cast. Huge congratulations to @lorensharice who will be taking on the role of Ti Moune."
Ms. Lott has previously appeared in the Broadway and National Tour productions of Motown The Musical, as well as regional productions of Ragtime and Shrek the Musical. She was also a finalist on TV's "American Idol" in 2015.
The principal cast also currently includes "Glee" star Alex Newell (as Asaka), Merle Dandridge (as Papa Ge), Quentin Earl Darrington (as Agwe), Darlesia Cearcy (as Erzulie), Tony Award nominee Phillip Boykin (as Tonton Julian), Kenita R. Miller (as Mama Euralie), Isaac Powell (as Daniel), Alysha Deslorieux (as Andrea), and David Jennings (as Armand).
Once on This Island began previews at the Circle in the Square on November 9, 2017, ahead of an official opening on December 3.
The musical features a book & lyrics by Tony Award winner Lynn Ahrens and music by Tony Award winner Stephen Flaherty, who are also currently represented on the Great White Way by the Broadway premiere of Anastasia.
Synopsis: "Once on This Island is the extraordinary story of a fearless young dreamer named Ti Moune. After a massive storm rages through her village, a ray of hope appears through a young man from the wealthy side of the island. An unexpected romance blossoms. But when their different cultures threaten to keep them apart, Ti Moune—guided by the island gods—sets out on a journey to stay beside the man who has captured her heart. The musical transforms the reality of post-storm Haiti into a fantastical world bursting with Caribbean rhythms and dance."
Directed by Tony Award nominee Michael Arden, this new production features choreography by Camille A. Brown, music supervision by Chris Fenwick, music direction by Alvin Hough, Jr., new orchestrations by the musical's original orchestrator Michael Starobin, vocal designs by AnnMarie Milazzo, scenic design by Dane Laffrey, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer and sound design by Peter Hylenski. Tony Award winner Nikki M. James also serves as Assistant Director.
Once on This Island is produced on Broadway by Ken Davenport and Hunter Arnold.
Once on This Island premiered off-Broadway at Playwright’s Horizons in 1990 and transferred to Broadway in October of the same year. The Broadway production ran for a total of 469 performances and received an impressive total of eight Tony Award nominations including "Best Musical". Its West End premiere was staged in 1994 and ultimately won the Olivier Award for "Best New Musical" at the 1995 ceremony.
Once on This Island Tickets are available now for performances through to September 29, 2019.
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