His keen eye for authentic locations is Phillips called it, "the most charming thing I've seen all year", "the Brief Encounter for the 21st century", his favorite music film since 's Stop Making Sense and said, "It may well be the best music film of our generation". Roeper referred to the film's recording studio scene as "more inspirational and uplifting than almost any number of Dreamgirls or Chicago or any of those multi-zillion dollar musical showstopping films.
In its own way, it will blow you away. Like Before Sunsetit never outstays its welcome, climaxing on a note of rare charm and unexpectedness. The soundtrack album was released on 22 May in the United States and four days later in Ireland. A collector's edition of the soundtrack was released on 4 December in the US with additional songs and a bonus DVD with live performances and interviews about the film.
All tracks are written by Glen Hansardexcept where noted . The soundtrack album reached 20 on the Irish Albums Chart in its first week, peaking at 15 a few weeks later. In the United States, it ranked as the 10 soundtrack on 1 June. The album reached 27 on the Billboard according to Allmusic. It also reached 2 on the Soundtracks Chart and 4 on the Independent Chart.
The film has been adapted for the stage as the musical Once. The screenplay was adapted by Enda Walsh and the production directed by John Tiffany. In Februarythe musical transferred to Broadway 's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. It began in previews on 28 February and opened on 18 March The music is from the film with two additional songs, and the cast is also the orchestra.
The musical opened up to generally positive reviews. Davis and Best Direction of a Musical. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Main article: Once musical. British Board of Film Classification. The Numbers. Retrieved 4 March Retrieved 20 December Accessed 21 April Accessed 8 August Accessed 11 August The Sydney Morning Herald. Accessed 1 March Box Office Mojo. Accessed 9 August Accessed 28 February Accessed 28 January Accessed 29 January Accessed 5 January Accessed 31 December Accessed 1 May WGN Radio.
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A minimalist set is used, including a bar in center stage with chairs lining stage left and right. Exiting cast members simply step to the side of the stage and sit down. They serve as the orchestra from these chairs. The bar is used before the show and at intermission as a working bar for theater patrons. The musical then began previews on Broadway at the Bernard Once.
Jacobs Theatre from 28 February and officially opening on 18 March. The production received eleven Tony Award nominations, winning eight, including Best Musical, Once. On 7 Octoberit was announced that the musical would close 4 January The production played 1, regular performances and 22 previews by closing time.
Previews began 16 March, which was followed by a 9 April opening night. Prior to an interview, they performed "Falling Slowly". On 15 Januarythe show was extended to 4 July Arthur Darvill replaced Bennett as Guy on 17 Marchreprising the role after an acclaimed run on Broadway, and continued in the role until 10 May On 7 Julyit was announced that the show would once again tour the US beginning on 22 August in Ft.
Myers, Florida and continuing into Original Broadway and Off-Broadway cast member, J. Michael Zygo, was the production's director and musical director. The first Australian production premiered at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne on 26 Septemberand ran through 1 February It was presented in association with the Melbourne Theatre Company. The first non-English production by Seensee Companypremiered on 14th, Decemberscheduled to run through 29 March In Marchit was announced that Once would return to Dublin.
It was scheduled to play a limited run from 4 July to 22 August at the Olympia Theatre. After the success of the previous Korean production, cast members comprised from the Dublin, London, Australian and Canadian Once companies played on The Charlotte Theatre from 22 September to 1 November. The Darlinghurst Theatre Co. The production closed on 4 August A thirty-something Dublin busker identified only as "Guy" sings a heartfelt ballad of unrequited love on a Dublin street, accompanying himself on guitar "Leave".
He Once puts his guitar in its case and turns to leave without it; but a young Czech woman identified only as "Girl"who has been listening to him sing, approaches. She asks numerous personal questions about his songs; he replies that he wrote most of them for a girlfriend who broke up with him and moved to New York City.
He is giving up on his music because the memories of his defunct relationship are too painful; he now works as a vacuum cleaner repairman in his father's shop. Girl responds that she has a vacuum that "does not suck", and asks him to fix it. She offers to pay for the repair by playing piano for him.
Over his protests, she snatches the sheet music for a new song from his jacket. Reluctantly, Guy picks up his guitar and they play the song together "Falling Slowly".
Girl suggests that he could win his old girlfriend back by singing her that song. Guy brushes this off, but Girl reminds him that he now owes her a vacuum repair, so they head to his father's shop "The North Strand". As Guy fixes the vacuum, Girl becomes acquainted with his father, who seems to like her.
Once the vacuum is repaired, Guy impulsively invites Girl to his bedroom, above the shop. They are clearly attracted to each other, but when he attempts to kiss her she stops him and leaves "The Moon". The next day he apologises, and they write, rehearse and record songs together. After Guy leaves, Girl plays one of his songs on the piano, substituting her own lyrics as she thinks of him "If You Want Me". The banker is impressed with his talent, approves the loan, and adds that he can play guitar as well.
He plays a song for them "Abandoned in Bandon"and though he is not a very good singer, they invite him to play in the band. The following night at a night club, Guy tells Girl that she has convinced him that his musical career is worth pursuing. Good, she replies, because it is open mic night at the club, and she has signed him up to perform as "The Hoover Man". He is reluctant, but eventually takes the stage.
As he sings, it seems that he is now singing to Girl, not his ex-girlfriend "Gold". During band practice, one of the musicians gets into an argument with the bank manager; he opposes capitalism, he says, despite the fact that he owns the shop where they are rehearsing. Guy and Girl retreat to a hill overlooking the city where the two share a brief, tender moment. Girl tells Guy, in Czech, that she loves him — but when he asks her to translate, she replies, "It looks like rain".
Guy realizes that he has fallen in love with Girl, and wonders how he will live without her when he moves to New York "Sleeping". After receiving praise for their performance, the band members take a break. Girl remains at the piano, and thinking she is alone, plays one of her own compositions that reveals the depth of her feelings for Guy "The Hill".
Guy, who has been listening, compliments her on her song. He suggests that she and Ivanka move to New York with him, because they clearly have feelings for each other that they cannot ignore. Girl answers angrily that he cannot feel that way. Incredulous, Guy asks why; Girl replies that her husband — Ivanka's father — is trying to reconcile with her, and for the sake of their daughter she must consider it "It Cannot Be About That".
The following morning the band gathers at the hill to voice their hopes for success with the impending album "Gold Acapella ". Guy asks Girl to spend his last night in Dublin with him; she demurs, because it would only result in " hanky-panky ", which is a "bad idea"; but ultimately she agrees to come to the vacuum shop.
Back at the shop, Once plays the demo for his father. Impressed and moved, he gives Guy money to help him get settled in New York. Then Guy, encouraged by Girl, calls his ex-girlfriend in New York, who is happy about his imminent arrival, and seems willing to give their relationship another try. A few days later Girl comes home to find a piano with a bright red bow on it — a gift from Guy. She sheds a few tears, then sits at the piano and sings; as Guy, in his New York apartment, sings the same song "Falling Slowly Reprise ".
The script is now steeped in wise and folksy observations about committing to love and taking chances, most of which are given solemn and thickly accented utterance by Girl played by Cristin Miliotiwho is Czech.
Guy, played by Steve Kazee, has been transformed from a shaggy nerd into a figure of leading-man handsomeness, while Girl has turned into a full-fledged version of what she only threatened to be in the film: a kooky, life-affirming waif who is meant to be Once But a merciful reversal occurs when Once breaks into music, which is often.
Characters become less adorably overwrought and more genuinely conflicted, with distinctive personalities instead of standard-issue ones.
The songs written by Mr. Hansard and Ms.
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