DON'T MISS ONCE – RONAN KEATING JOINS THE CAST UNTIL MARCH 21
WHAT IS ONCE ABOUT?
The new musical, Once, is a celebration of love, friendship and music.
In Once an Irish busker and a young Czech mother meet through a shared love of music, their song writing sparks a deep connection and a tender, longing romance that neither of them could have expected. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together.
Brought to the stage by an award-winning team of visionary artists and featuring an ensemble cast of gifted actor/musicians, Once is a musical celebration of life and love: thrilling in its originality, daring in its honesty… and unforgettable in every way.
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Guy – Ronan Keating
Girl – Jill Winternitz
Author: Enda Walsh
Music & Lyrics: Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová
Director: John Tiffany
Movement: Steven Hoggett
Set and Costume Design: Bob Crowley
Lighting Design: Natasha Katz
Sound Design: Clive Goodwin
Instead of the usual industrial spectacle what we get is a musical about people and life's missed opportunities. Declan Bennett is very good as Guy: surly, guarded yet capable of punching across a song as in the opening song, Leaving. And Zrinka Cvitešić, a Croatian classical actor, redeems the heroine's winsomeness by stressing her tenderness and vulnerability: when she and Bennett join forces in the climactic reprise of Falling Slowly, it would take a very stony heart not to respond. It is, in short, an unusual musical in its stress on pure emotion and its apparent informality. But don't be fooled: it may not wear its art on its sleeve but it is most cunningly contrived.
Michael Billington, The Guardian
This company's wonderful instrumental playing, comic characterisations and supple stylised movement offsets the shortcomings in the over-protracted love story and make it well worth giving Once the once-over.
Paul Taylor, The Independent
In terms of popular appeal, Once ticks many boxes, not least with its contemporary score – a blend of folk-rock in a style reminiscent of James Blunt, Dido or Newton Faulkner. The music is eminently accessible and, with Walsh’s book, perhaps offers a glimmer of sophistication to modern audiences tired of back-catalogue musicals or asinine plots.
Paul Vale, The Stage
2012 Tony Awards
Best Book Of A Musical – Edna Walsh
Best Actor In a Musical – Steve Kazee
Best Direction Of A Musical – John Tiffany
Best Orchestrations – Martin Lowe
Best Scenic Design – Bob Crowley
Best Lighting Design – Natasha Katz
Best Sound Design – Clive Goodwin
2012 Drama Desk Award
Outstanding Director of A Musical – John Tiffany
Outstanding Lyrics – Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
Outstanding Orchestrations – Martin Lowe
2013 Grammy Award
Best Musical Theatre Album