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Two new lovers named for Broadway’s ‘Once’

Two new lovers named for Broadway’s ‘Once’
Arthur Darvill and Joanna Christie will star in “Once.”
(Joan Marcus)

Producers have again rotated the lead lovers in the Tony-winning musical “Once.”

Arthur Darvill and Joanna Christie, both from Britain, will make their Broadway debuts Tuesday in the roles of Guy and Girl, respectively.

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The pair replace Ben Hope and Laura Dreyfuss, who served as standbys to Tony-winner Steve Kazee and Tony nominee Cristin Milioti before assuming the lead roles in March.

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A spokeswoman for “Once” told the New York Times that the casting change had nothing to do with Hope and Dreyfuss’ performances, but instead had to do with acquiring visas for the British actors. Hope and Dreyfuss will return to their roles as understudies.

Christie played opposite Daniel Radcliffe in the West End revival of “Equus.” Darvill, best known for playing Rory Williams on  BBC’s “Doctor Who,” starred onstage in a London production of “Swimming With Sharks.”

Currently at New York’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, “Once” tells the tale of a Dublin street singer and his Czech muse.

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