Hit indie film-turned-musical Once commanded the stage at the 66th annual Tony Awards on June 10th, taking home a total of eight awards, including Best Musical. Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová (IMRO), who wrote the music for the film and later toured and recorded successfully as The Swell Season, took home the top honors.
In 2007, singer-songwriters Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova attended the Sundance Film Festival to support the release of Once, in which they starred and for which they wrote the music. The film became an instant hit at the festival and would go on to win the World Cinema Audience Award. A song from the film, “Falling Slowly,” eventually went on to win the Academy Award for Best Song. The soundtrack for Once would also earn a Grammy nomination. The theatrical version of the film has wowed audiences and critics alike on Broadway since it opened in March of this year.
Other ASCAP winners of the 2012 Tony Awards included George and Ira Gershwin for their musical, Porgy and Bess. The brothers were honored with the award for Best Revival of a Musical, trumping their stiffest competition, Follies.
ASCAP would like to extend its congratulations to its winners and nominees for their distinguished achievements:
Leap of Faith
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Martin Lowe – Once *WINNER*
Bill Elliott – Nice Work If You Can Get It
Best Book of a Musical
Enda Walsh - Once *WINNER*
Joe Di Pietro - Nice Work If You Can Get It
William David Brohn – Porgy and Bess
Best Revival of a Musical
Porgy and Bess *WINNER*