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The new Once Broadway musical has begun previews on the big stage. The story is written by John Carney, who also directed the 2006 independent film. The set takes place in Dublin, Ireland at a local pub. The story has been adapted for the stage, including a book by Enda Walsh under the direction of John Tiffany. Once is scheduled for an open-ended run at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater with an official opening night on March 18, 2012.
Once Broadway enjoyed an off-Broadway run in 2011 at the New York Theater Workshop. The production received strong reviews and gained an audience paving the way for its transfer to Broadway. The show actually was announced to premiere on Broadway ahead of it's off-Broadway run, a very rare occurrence. Rumors is already floating around that Once will be a contender for the Tony Award for "Best New Musical." The creative team views the production as more a play filled with music. The 2006 indie flick made stars of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, who wrote and performed the songs of the film. The collaboration landed them the 2007 Academy Award for Best Original Song for "Falling Slowly."
The Once Broadway musical is a story of love and romance. "Guy" is a street performer who performs his songs in the local shopping district. His music catches the attention of a female Czech immigrant selling flowers in the square. The two connect, and a friendship ensues through their connection in music and song. The friendship and musical collaboration of "Guy" and "Girl" grows stronger, into a possible yet complicated love story.
Once follows a romantic comedy formula with an independent feel. The production works hard to keep the integrity and intimacy which made the film popular. Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová have stepped aside for the Broadway production allowing actors Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti to add their interpretation to the stage. The fourteen member cast handles all the music without the backup of an orchestra or band. As the audience enters the theater, the cast is already hanging out at the pub playing music.
Once Broadway tickets have gone on sale for all performances. The production is one which many theater-goers are certain to want to catch again. With few new musicals opening this spring "Once" is sure not to gain an audience but win over the hearts of all who go see it. The production is filled with soppy romance, comedic relief and wonderful songs played in full by a talented cast. Though the adaptation veered slightly from the film, it handles the transfer from the screen to stage delicately. You can view our great selection of Once Broadway tickets online by clicking the link.
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