ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
NOW ON BROADWAY!
Opened December 3, 2017
Circle in the Square Theatre - New York, NY
This is the sweeping theatrical power of ONCE ON THIS ISLAND—the universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods (played by Tony Award® winner Lea Salonga, Alex Newell, Merle Dandridge, and Quentin Earl Darrington), Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.
“..The Most Delightful Production Number…irrepressibly Joyful Choreography By Camille A. Brown.”
Directed by Michael Arden
Book & Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Directed by Michael Arden
Choreography by Camille A. Brown
Associate Choreographer: Rickey Tripp
Assistant Choreographer: Catherine Foster (CABD Member)
"It’s a richly sung, vibrantly danced performance, never more so than when Ti Moune, at a ball, tosses aside her shoes and erupts in a joyous folk dance. (The terrific choreography, by Camille A. Brown, who runs her own company, is both earthy and airborne.)"
"Laffrey and Arden join with the choreographer, Camille A. Brown, at times quite beautifully, to de-other the other, to afford the warmest welcome to all, and help the young and the more cynical all believe in the healing power of Ti-Moune’s loving persistence. "
"Choreographer Camille A. Brown lets them cut lose with energetic, ethnic-influenced dances."
"The hallmark ingenuity, warmth and intensity bordering on excess that characterize Mr. Arden’s style is recapitulated everywhere within the production, from the frankly stupendous singing (Chris Fenwick is the music supervisor) to the electric choreography of Camille A. Brown."
-New York Times
"But it is hard to imagine a better account of the show than the one that Arden and his team—including choreographer Camille A. Brown and the brilliant costumer Clint Ramos—have assembled. It sings, dances and conjures up a storm."
-Time Out New York
"The show-stopping scene, vibrantly choreographed by Camille A. Brown, marks a moment of desperation for Ti Moune, played by Ms Kilgore."
"Camille A. Brown’s ebullient choreography captures the joy of a loving childhood."
“Arden, who has worked magic before on revelatory revivals of Spring Awakening and Big River that paired hearing and deaf actors, is abetted by choreographer Camille A. Brown; together they give the show a seamless wave of action as our eyes are filled with the earthy-dreamy characters in a Mardi Gras of costumes from Clint Ramos.”
“Ti Moune's dance, performed in a grand ballroom, is one of Brown's favorite parts and an excellent example of how her ideas swirl within the scope of Afro-Caribbean tradition..And all of it looks authentic.”
“The superb design, music, and choreography.. potent movement.”
“Working with an inspired design team, an excellent choreographer (Camille A. Brown), and an all-around stellar cast, Arden has created a sparkling firework of a show — visually captivating and vocally robust — that consistently transcends its own source material.”
“Performing complex choreography by Camille A. Brown, as if the dance were the inspiration of the moment, with authentic gesture and of dazzling originality, the cast infuses every moment with spirit, emotion and music.”
-New York Theatre Guide
“The dancing was fabulous, and conveyed the culture of the show.”
“Then there is Camille A. Brown’s thrilling choreography, climaxing in “Ti Moune’s Dance,” her dance in the sand, so alluring that the “grand hommes” join her (and the audience does vicariously too.)”
-New York Theater
“effervescent choreography by Camille A. Brown”
“Renowned choreographer Camille A. Brown, making her Broadway debut, uses the cast beautifully in dances that both set the scene and propel the plot.”
-Theater Is Easy
“impressively choreographed by Camille A. Brown”
-The Village Voice
“They dance Camille A. Brown’s rousing and raw choreography with much enthusiasm, and do thrilling work with Ahrens and Flaherty’s score.”
“The dancing was fabulous, and conveyed the culture of the show."
“Strikingly choreographed by Camille A. Brown”
-WWFM The Classical Network
“all one needs to believe in is the magic of the music while marveling at Camille A. Brown’s winning choreography.”