The Broadway musical “Once” has charmed audiences since it hit the big stage in 2012. It’s an adaptation of a movie by the same name, so think of it as the romantic indie of Broadway.
“Once” tells the story of Guy, a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young Czech woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs.
Plus, “Once” is probably one of the most chillaxed, understated plays out there right now. Here are five reasons you should definitely go see it:
5. You can get a drink from the on-stage bar.
Get there early so you can go up on stage and get a drink from the bar. There is a pre-show jam session that begins 15 minutes before advertised start time, when the cast casually wanders around the bar area plucking their instruments. (Cast members are actually all musicians who play their own instruments.) The bar is part of the set, so when showtime arrives, everything slowly starts without the need for a formal curtain call. The bar is open during intermission as well.
4. The music is awesome.
We’re talking Grammy-worthy awesome. “Once” won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Original cast members Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti recorded the album in one day with producers Stephen Epstein and Martin Lowe. It’s full of poignant, emotional numbers. The low-budget movie starring Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova also won an Oscar for their song “Falling Slowly,” which is in the musical adaptation.
3. It raked in eight Tony awards.
“Once” received eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Hard to argue with that.
2. There’s a hot Irish guy.
This one’s for you, ladies. St. Patrick’s Day may be over, but the allure of a young Irishman with a beautiful voice is everlasting. Full disclosure: Sam Cieri, who plays Guy in the touring production, is really from Florida, but he is a starving-artist-type just like the character he plays. Cieri went from being a dueling piano player at The Mirage in Las Vegas to playing music in the New York City subways to pay the bills before he landed a role with “Once.”
1. It’s a romance, with a twist.
Not everything gets tied in a pretty bow at the end of this bittersweet romance, but that’s what makes it powerful. It tugs at your emotions in a real-world way. As the chemistry between Guy and Girl grows, their connection becomes deeper and more complex than your everyday romance.
If you go
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31
WHERE: Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St.