September 21, 2022

Kelsey Theatre Anniversary Season Begins with Once

MUSICAL AT MERCER: A scene from “Once,” the Broadway show that kicks off Kelsey Theatre’s 50th anniversary season on the campus of Mercer County Community College in West Windsor. (Photo by Lauren Kamps)

Once, winner of eight Tony awards including Best Musical, and winner of a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, will be the first offering of Kelsey Theatre’s 2022-2023 season. The romantic musical drama runs weekends from September 23 through October 2. Kelsey Theatre is located on the Mercer County Community College campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road in West Windsor.

“This joyously uplifting musical strikes an unforgettable chord in audiences and speaks to the power of music to connect us all,” said M. Kitty Getlik, artistic director of Kelsey Theatre. “I cannot think of a better show to open Kelsey Theatre’s 50th anniversary season. “The really neat thing is that the cast also serves as the orchestra and every cast member not only acts, but sings and plays a musical instrument.”

Presented by Playful Theatre, Once is a story about the life of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant who connect over their shared passion for music on the streets of Dublin. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, accentuated by the inviting, emotional score. The show features original songs from the critically acclaimed film, including Falling Slowly.

Shows are Friday and Saturday, September 23 and 24 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, September 25 at 2 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, September 30 and October 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $24. Visit or call (609) 570-3333.