Once the Musical
Following Midnight Tango into the Phoenix Theatre is the hit Broadway musical Once, after the production won eight Tony Awards including Best New Musical, Best Book, and Best Director.
Based on the 2006 independent film of the same name, Once tells the story of an Irish guy and an Eastern European girl who meet in Dublin. Both musicians, their love affair is told through songs they write for one another in a traditional Irish pub. Just as the film grew a cult following, the musical has drawn audiences to its simple story and charming melodies.
The Broadway production also won a Tony for its set, designed by Bob Crowley. Minimalist in style, it consists of a bar onstage which can be accessed by the audience during the interval. The bar is surrounded by chairs and the actors never leave the stage, instead playing musical instruments when they are not in a scene.
Cast and Creative
The music and lyrics are written by the same team that scored the film, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. They won an Academy Award for the song “Falling Slowly.” The musical features a book by Irish playwright Enda Walsh. His plays, frequently produced in London, include Disco Pigs, Misterman, and Penelope. The production is directed by John Tiffany.
The cast of the London production includes: Declan Bennett and Zrinka Cvitešić as the Guy and Girl at the centre of the story. Bennett has starred in Broadway productions such as Rent and American Idiot and makes his West End debut in Once. Cvitešić has acted with the Croatian National Theatre since 2005. Further cast members for the London production include: Gareth O’Connor (Eamon), Gabriel Vick (Emcee), Valda Aviks (Baruska), Ryan Fletcher (Svec), Aidan Kelly (Billy), Jos Slovick (Andre), Michael O’Connor (Da), Miria Parvin (Ex Girlfriend), Flora Spencer-Longhurst (Reza) and Jez Unwin (Bank Manager).
Show Length and Times
Once the Musical began on 16 March before an official opening date on 9 April, 2013. Performances run Monday to Saturday evenings at 7:30pm, with matinees on Thursday and Saturday at 3:00pm. The running time is approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes include one interval.
- “The North Strand”
- “Falling Slowly”
- “The Moon”
- “Ej Pada Pada”
- “If You Want Me”
- “Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy”
- “Say It to Me Now”
- “Abandoned in Bandon”
- “When Your Mind’s Made Up”
- “The Hill”
- “It Cannot Be About That”
- “Gold (A Capella)”
- “Falling Slowly (Reprise)”
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