his music needed one thing. her.
this is the tagline to multi-award winning, fresh-faced musical, once. of course, it attracted me right away: music + romance? what more could a girl want, right? once again (no pun intended), i had the great honour of attending one of the shows, being the musical theatre lover i am. being a fairly new musical, premiering in 2011, i didn’t know much about it and to be quite honest, didn’t know what to expect since it is a relatively smaller musical (unlike phantom, or les mis, or something along those lines)
(warning: prepare for a fairly lengthy post. if by chance you don’t have the time, watch the video.)
taken directly off their site (i realized i did this for my beatles post as well… just because the writers have already put so much thought into making the best introductions. oh and scroll down for the link):
“Winner of 8 2012 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights… but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.”
whew that was lengthy, but much better than i could have conveyed, and on point.
being a triple threat, as some might call me – musician + dancer + actress (albeit not an amazing one, but still), i absolutely enjoyed this and truly appreciated their talent and abilities to perform as a triple threat. not only did they play one instrument, but some cast members also played around 4-5 different instruments. if that’s not something to applaud, i don’t know what is. and they totally embraced the whole irish/czech culture in this musical through both music and speech.
i’ll talk more about the actual musical in just a bit but first… must. talk. about. onstage. bar.
yep. you heard me (er… read me?) correctly. there was an onstage bar open before the show and during intermission. of course, i had to try it out. i don’t know what was cooler: seeing the set and props up close, getting an actors’ view of the theatre, or drinking beer (through a straw, might i add) onstage. anyways, i just thought it was a really neat concept that set up the show and made it feel really homey. for those who are curious, they served guinness and carlsberg… plus another brand i don’t quite remember aka the one i drank.
back to the show. it honestly isn’t your typical “guy meets girl” love story, but nonetheless, a fairytale of sorts. the performance was incredible. like, can i write music like him, please? or fantastically dance while playing instruments (i guess that doesn’t quite work with piano though)? it was unlike any other musical i had ever seen. the music was great, the acting was great, the dialogue/text was great, the characters were great, heck even the stationary bar set was great! the only “complaints” i have, really, are that i sometimes couldn’t understand what the actors were saying because a) accents and b) inside irish/czech jokes, and at times, pauses between lines were a… bit… too… long… so that it became kind of awkward for the audience, like what do you want to do, or like, did you forget something? maybe that’s what the director was going for, i don’t know.
i’ll spare you on nitty-gritty details and critiquing (i’m just used to doing play reviews because been doing that for the past few years… school stuff).
ANYWAYS – beautiful show. recommend. well it must be good considering it won so many awards.
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that’s all for now.
(p.s. arthur darvill aka rory williams from doctor who played the guy in a few performances. too bad not in the one i saw though.)
(p.p.s. i’m preparing a cover of the best song in the musical, so look forward to that sometime in the near future.)