Michael McGrath

Tony Award Winner Michael McGrath Joins Cast of Once Upon a One More Time

Shakespeare Theatre Company announced today that Tony Award winner Michael McGrath has joined the world premiere cast of the new musical Once Upon a One More Time, as Narrator. Tony winner John Glover, previously announced to play the role, has departed the production due to an illness in the family.

Directed and choreographed by internationally acclaimed Drama Desk-nominated artists Keone and Mari Madrid (Beyond Babel, Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself”), Once Upon a One More Time features an original story written by Jon Hartmere (bare, The Upside) and the music of Grammy Award winner Britney Spears. Creative Consultation for the production is by five-time Tony Award nominee David Leveaux (Nine; Romeo & Juliet on Broadway; NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live).

Once Upon A One More Time begins performances at Shakespeare Theatre Company on November 30, 2021, for a limited engagement through January 2, 2022 at Sidney Harman Hall.

McGrath joins a cast that includes Briga Heelan (Great News, Judd Apatow’s Love) and Justin Guarini (Romeo and JulietAmerican Idol) as Cinderella and Prince Charming, alongside Tony nominee Emily Skinner (Side ShowThe Cher Show) as Stepmother, and Aisha Jackson (Waitress, Frozen) as Snow White, along with Brooke Dillman (SuperbadWrecked) as The O.F.G. (Original Fairy Godmother), and Mimi Scardulla (We Are The Tigers) and Tess Soltau (Wicked) as Stepsisters Belinda and Betany.

Also featured in the cast are Ashley Chiu as Sleeping Beauty, Raymond J. Lee as Clumsy, Wonu Ogunfowora as Rapunzel, Ryan Steele as Prince Erudite, Morgan Weed as the Princess and the Pea, Lauren Zakrin as the Little Mermaid, and Adrianna Weir and Mila Weir sharing the role of the Little Girl.

Rounding out the company’s dynamic ensemble are Belinda Allyn as Belle, Stephen Brower as Prince Suave, Jennifer Florentino as Little Red Riding Hood, Selene Haro as Gretl, Joshua Johnson as Prince Brawny, Amy Hillner Larsen as Goldilocks, Kevin Trino Perdido as Price Mischievous, Stephen Scott Wormley as Prince Affable, and Matt Allen, Salisha Thomas, Matthew Tiberi, and Diana Vaden acting as swings.

In this highly anticipated world premiere of the Broadway-bound musical, beloved classic fairytale princesses gather for their fortnightly book club, longing for a new story. When a rogue fairy godmother drops The Feminine Mystique into their corseted laps, it spurs a royal revelation: there is more to life than bird-made dresses and true love’s kiss! Powered by the chart-topping anthems of the Princess of Pop herself, Britney Spears – including “Oops!… I Did It Again,” “Lucky,” “Stronger,” and “Toxic” – Once Upon a One More Time sends audiences on a heartwarming and uproarious musical adventure about smashing the glass slipper and reclaiming your own happily ever after.