By Aubry D'Arminio
Updated December 07, 2011 at 03:37 PM EST
Joan Marcus

The musical adaptation of the acclaimed Irish indie Once, which opened off-Broadway yesterday at the New York Theatre Workshop, is moving to the Main Stem next year. The show — with music by the film’s Oscar-winning songwriters Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová and a book by Misterman scribe Enda Walsh — will start previews on Feb. 28 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, with an opening night set for Sunday, March 18.

That’s great news for the movie’s fans, but bad news for anyone hoping that the Jacobs’ current show, Katori Hall’s acclaimed The Mountaintop starring Samuel L. Jackson as Martin Luther King, Jr., would extend past Jackson’s departure on Jan. 15 (the actor is set to start filming Django Unchained for Quentin Tarantino the next day) by recasting his role with another actor.

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