Once, the smash hit musical about buskers, love, and music itself is coming to the Arden Theatre Company this fall in the city's first home-grown production. Ken Allen Neely will star as Guy, Katherine Fried as Girl.

This guitar-and-piano romance won a Tony Award for best musical in 2012. It was wildly successful when the national tour came through town at the Academy of Music in 2013 and again in 2016.

>> READ MORE: Here's the Inquirer review from the first touring production

Once tells the story of an Irish street musician whose music takes on new power when a beautiful young Czech woman shows a sudden interest. Terrence J. Nolen, artistic director at the Arden, says the "Irish-kissed" show concerns the power of music to unite people and "reminds us that we are all in this together."

The Arden production (Sept. 20-Oct. 21) kicks off a season that includes A Doll's House, Part 2 (Oct. 24-Dec. 9), fresh from Broadway; Every Brilliant Thing (Nov. 8-Dec. 16)the reprise of last year's much-extended smash hit; and the critically acclaimed Indecent (May 22-June 23).

Subscription packages are now on sale. Tickets for individual shows go on sale Aug. 15 at ardentheatre.org.