‘Once’ to kick off Ogdensburg 2019-20 season

The Tony Award winning musical, “Once,” kicks off the new season of Ogdensburg Command Performances Tuesday at the George Hall Auditorium at Ogdensburg Free Academy. Photo provided.

OGDENSBURG — A Broadway musical set on the streets of Dublin will open the 2019-20 season of Ogdensburg Command Performances.

“Once,” the winner of eight Tonys, including Best Musical, and a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, tells the tale of a Dublin street musician and a young woman who takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. It will be on stage at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at Ogdensburg Free Academy’s George Hall Auditorium.

The show comes with a strict rule about seating, Sally F. Palao, Ogdensburg Command Performances administrator said. After the show starts, no one will be seated for 25 minutes.

Tickets for “Once” and other shows as well as season tickets are still available and can be purchased at Ilove theatre.org or by calling 315-393-2625.

Next up, on Dec. 15, will be “Santa’s Circus.” Ms. Palao describes the show as a Cirque du Soleil-type experience with glittering sets.

“It’s really beautiful. All the Christmas trees in the show have Swarovski crystals on them. It is really quite an extravaganza,” she said.

On Feb. 12, OCP will stage “Love Letters.” Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry, who are a married couple in real life and were also a married couple on TV’s “L.A. Law,” play an unmarried twosome in A.R. Gurney’s tragi-comic examination of shared nostalgia and missed opportunities.

The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass will take the stage March 25. Rodney Marsalis is the cousin of Wynton Marsalis and one of the top classical trumpet soloists in the world.

“They are just incredible,” Ms. Palao said.

A “Les Miserables” concert is set for March 7.

“It is not the musical, it’s a concert version,” Ms. Palao said. “When I was at the Kennedy Center, I talked to the technical director there and he said when ‘Les Mis’ came into the Kennedy Center it was 103 trucks. The most we can accommodate is three trucks.”

“Forever Young” will be staged April 5. The show is billed as a sentimental trip down memory lane full of pop, rock, and country classics.

“It is a look back at all the things that were popular when our generation was growing up,” Ms. Palao said.

“Songs and Stories of Neil Diamond” is coming May 15.

“It is selling really well, even though it is not until next May,” Ms. Palao said. People are buying lots of these tickets as Christmas gifts. If people get orders in by Dec. 20 we can guarantee delivery by Christmas.”

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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