Winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical! Once tells the enchanting 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 haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, Once draws you in from the very first note and never lets go; an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.

Once with book by Enda Walsh with music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová will play from November 8, 2017 - January 7, 2018 in the Gompertz Theatre. Based on the Motion Picture Written and Directed by John Carney. Subscriptions and tickets are available online by clicking the button above or by calling the FST Box Office at 941-366-9000. SUBSCRIBE NOW to see all 4 shows for as little as $59!

This musical features some explicit language and sexual innuendos throughout. Most appropriate for high school students and older.

Dining is available in The Green Room at the following times:

2:00pm performances: reservations begin at 12:15pm
3:00pm performances: dining is available post-show
7:00pm performances: reservations begin at 5:15pm
8:00pm performances: reservations begin at 6:15pm
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Director  |  Jason Cannon
Original Production Concept | John Tiffany (Director)
Music Director  |  Darren Server
Movement Director  |  Savannah Holds
Scenic Designer  |  Jeff Dean
Lighting Designer  |  Thom Beaulieu
Costume Designer  |  Susan Angermann

Dialect Coach  |  Greg London
Sound Designer  |  Thom Korp
Movement Supervisor  |  Hannah Bagnall


Guy  |  Ben Paul Williams*
Girl  |  Elizabeth Nestlerode*
Billy  |  Chris Blisset*
Da  |  James Young*
Ex-Girlfriend  |  Lauren Wainwright
Andrej  |  Seth Eliser*
Reza  |  Sarah Hund*
Svec  |  Grant Alan Watkins
Baruska  |  Emily Mikesell*
Ivonka  |  Nya Chambless/Olivia Schaedler-Luera 
Bank Manager  |  Paul Michael Lincoln*
Emcee  |  Nicholas Lerangis
Eamon  |  Kent M. Lewis*

* Denotes member Actors’ Equity Association. The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.



The Gompertz Theatre is located on the corner of First Street and Cocoanut Avenue inside of The Hegner Theatre Wing. For GPS purposes use the address of 1265 First Street, Sarasota, FL 34236. To see a list of our buildings and shows, please see below. For more information please call the FST Box Office at (941) 366-9000.

Do you need a ride to the theatre? Click here to find out more about our partnership with iTN Suncoast.

For those who require additional assistance or handicap parking/drop off, please see the map below. Handicap parking is reserved for patrons with a handicap tag and is in the lot across from the Hegner Theatre Wing. The area for drop off of handicap passengers/patrons for the Gompertz Theatre is along the corner of First Street and Cocoanut Avenue. If handicap parking is not available and you are dropping off a passenger, our lobby concierge would be happy to wait with them until you return. For any questions regarding handicap parking please call the box office at (941) 366-9000.