The intimate environmental production directed by Michael Arden held off stiff competition from large-scale shows "Carousel" and "My Fair Lady" to take musical revival honors at this year's Tony Awards.
The Tony Award-winning revival of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's captivating Caribbean musical fairy tale Once on This Island has announced a Jan. 6 closing date, ending a Broadway run of just over a year.
Staged by director Michael Arden and a gifted design team, the production relocated the mythic musical, set on a fictional isle in the French Antilles, to a community struck by the ravages of natural disasters. The setting vividly recalled the real-world devastation of places like Puerto Rico, Haiti or New Orleans, hit by hurricanes, earthquakes and floods.
While it was far smaller in scale and less star-driven than last season's revivals of classics Carousel and My Fair Lady, the hymn to the resilience of the human spirit pulled off one of the major upsets of the Tony Awards in June, walking away with best musical revival honors. The win also represented a coup for the underdog producing team led by Ken Davenport and Hunter Arnold, who triumphed over Broadway powerhouses Scott Rudin and Lincoln Center Theater.