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Freud Playhouse at UCLA
245 Charles E Young Drive East Los Angeles, CA 90095
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"Once On This Island"
101 ratings
4.4 average rating
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8 reviews
121 stars
attended Sep 07 2008

Overall, good production, but just missed 'great production.'

Vocals were inconsistent - some were amazing - and some very pitchy. The set worked better as the palace and less as the village. At times, actors were extremely committed and...continued

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44 reviews
39 stars
attended Sep 06 2008

A little boring, all the songs sounded the same and the heavy accents of the singers/actors made it difficult to understand the songs and words so that made the story harder to follow. Not once was there a high energy inspired reaction from the...continued

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16 reviews
9 stars
attended Sep 07 2008

Weak play - strong cast.

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Quotes & Highlights

“the tropical breezes wafting off the Freud stage should be enough to transport even the most cynical holdout into a state of glowing appreciation” —Los Angeles Times (Critic’s Pick)
“an entertaining evening with moments of undeniable power” —Variety
“a whirlwind of music, beat, passion and song” —Daily News
“a virtually flawless production that demands repeat visits and undisputed recognition come awards season” —Theatermania __


Get swept away by the spirited musical fable Once On This Island. Filled with the enchanting rhythms and melodies of the Caribbean islands, this mystical, magical tale will have audiences dancing out of the theater. Winner of the Olivier Award for Best Musical and multiple Tony Award nominations, it’s a delightful show for the whole family.

Book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Music by Stephen Flaherty

Based on the novel My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy

Directed by Billy Porter

Music Direction by Darryl Archibald

Choreographed by Bradley Rapier

Featuring Grammy nominee Ledisi