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Stratford’s Paul Nolan returning to Broadway in Once

Paul Nolan portrays Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ont.

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Stratford Festival star Paul Nolan is headed back to Broadway.

The Saskatchewan native's second time on the Great White Way will be with Once, the Tony-winning musical based on the 2006 film of the same name. Nolan is taking over the lead role of Guy – whose will-they-or-won't-they romance with Girl is at the centre of the show – starting on Dec. 17.

In 2012, Nolan made his Broadway debut as Jesus in the Des McAnuff-directed production of Jesus Christ Superstar that transferred from Stratford to New York. He recently completed his sixth season at the Festival playing Cousin Kevin in The Who's Tommy and Fyedka in Fiddler on the Roof.

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In addition to playing on Broadway, Once – which features the Oscar-winning song Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova – is currently on tour and opens on Nov. 26 in Toronto. In its New York debut, I gave it four stars – and said it "delights from just about every angle."

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