This just in: The Tony Award-winning musical "Once" is a hit.
Following in the footsteps of the low-budget Irish film that inspired the musical, "Once" has delivered a return on its initial $5.5-million investment in just six months. The film version, which starred musicians Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglová, was made for $150,000 and went on to earn roughly $20 million as the left-field indie hit of 2006.
In an announcement Monday, the Broadway show's producers crowed that "Once" recouped its investment "faster than any Tony Award-winning best musical in more than a decade." A national tour of the stage musical will reportedly launch in 2013.
The story of an unrequited love between a heartsick busker (known in the credits only as "Guy") who falls under the spell of a Czech flower vendor, the musical adaptation opened at the New York Theater Workshop in December 2011, then moved to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Broadway early this year.