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Once

Members say: Romantic, Absorbing, Entertaining, Enchanting, Great singing
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Based on the 2007 film of the same name, this play premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop before transferring to Broadway.

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ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights… but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance.

 

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Reviews (744)

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75
Simple staging, Simple script, Simple production (set, costumes), Simple songs (music, lyrics), Well acted/sung

See it if you like pared-down, straight forward shows. Once has no bells & whistles, but the characters are well-drawn and the music is pleasant.

Don't see it if you want something sophisticated or lavish. Probably better in an intimate setting; too small a show for Broadway. A quiet pleasure.

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85
Absorbing, Refreshing, Resonant, Romantic, Amazing music

See it if beautiful music, romance, simplicity of stage and script can capture your spirit. There is nothing "big" about it, just its enormous heart.

Don't see it if you're expecting the movie. This is NOT the movie; its BETTER. Ends differently; and BETTER. Deservedly won the Tony; it's ALL heart & soul.

84
Beautiful, Enchanting, Romantic, Confusing, Slow

See it if You're a fan of slower ballads, romance, Ireland, minimalistic staging

Don't see it if You want a happy-go-lucky show, or something vibrant and quickly-paced

87
Absorbing, Great acting, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you like a good story and music

Don't see it if you don't like moving theatr

75
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Confusing, New, Based in reality

See it if You want to fall in love with a cast album you will listen to on a daily basis. Realistic ending.

Don't see it if You want a happily ever after. If you are seeking truth.

Also Definitely try to catch this while it is touring.

90
Delightful, Must see, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if you want to "fall slowly" into an nontraditional type of love story that avoids the cliches. Thoughtful, resonant songs will sweep you away.

Don't see it if you like flashier musicals with intense staging, costuming, and design. There is a sparseness here, but it offers intimacy and delicacy.

79
Romantic, Charming, Great music, Great staging

See it if you loved the movie, the soundtrack, or are a sucker for a good love story.

Don't see it if you are a longtime Frames fan and find the idea of watching a pale imitation of Glen Hansard for 2+ hours offputting.

100
Delightful, Exquisite, Must see, Great writing, Great singing

See it if You love Irish folk music. You love the love of music. You enjoy actors playing instruments.

Don't see it if you want a complex story. You do not understand the power of music and following ones heart.

86
Absorbing, Exquisite, Intelligent, Riveting, Romantic

See it if If you liked the movie and enjoy gorgeous music with a beautiful love story.

Don't see it if If you didn't like the movie and don't like that style of music.

80
Quirky, Slow, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if you like stories and shows directed at grown ups. You enjoy subtle stories that unfold slowly. You loved the film.

Don't see it if you want lots of action in your shows, or you don't like having the actors play their own instruments.

80
Great acting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like sappy boy-girl stories. One of my favorite shows.

Don't see it if you want a fancy, showy production. this was very subtle.

84
Refreshing, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if Talent all over the stage. make sure you go up and grab a beer at intermission.

Don't see it if You didn't like the movie.

89
Absorbing, Clever, Masterful, Tuneful, Rollicking

See it if you like an all encompassing love of all music and its power to express. A boy meets girl done in a new way by surrounding the story w/music

Don't see it if it's just another boy meets girl and somehow in the end...

79
Quirky, Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy

See it if you like songbook musicals, though it's not really. A fun, folk-inspired score that supports the central love story. Interesting book.

Don't see it if you're looking for intense drama, or clean lines and plots tied up with bows. There's a lot left to the imagination here.

85
Original, Absorbing, Masterful, Refreshing

See it if You want to see something original and remember why you love Broadway.

Don't see it if Accents are difficult for you to understand.

25
Indulgent, Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, No ending

See it if You've heard "Falling Slowly" and think that two hours of that song sounds appealing.

Don't see it if You want an actual ending in a story.

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Resonant, Romantic, Entertaining

See it if you want a rueful, tuneful, lovely and simple show about romance and destiny

Don't see it if you prioritize spectacle in a musical

70
Quirky, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Yiu like simple musicals that focus on the smaller but no less intense moments of human connection. You like Irish folk music.

Don't see it if You need a lot of plot, big moments, or razzle-dazzle.

90
Enchanting, Romantic, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You want to experience a heart-warming musical with lovely songs sweetly sung.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals.

89
Delightful, Intelligent, Romantic, Touching, Sensitive

See it if You love guitars, folk music and a love story.

Don't see it if You're looking for a big glossy production. This is gentle and subtle and touching.

85
Enchanting, Quirky, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if you want to see something innovative and unique. It's a smaller scale production that packs an emotional punch.

Don't see it if you're looking for a more traditional, flashy musical.

65
Indulgent, Excruciating, Cliched, Slow

See it if End of the B-way run - poor understudies, put me to sleep, no urgency, no reason to like either of the leads; music was mildly interesting

Don't see it if you expect to see a true love story - this set of actors were so bland and uninteresting

67
Great acting, Romantic, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if I prefered it to the movie, I liked the bar setup and the tone of the whole show. The musicians were great. I saw it for Arthur Darvill.

Don't see it if It could have been a lot more. It kind of fell off in quality besides Darvill's performance. I didn't hate it, but yea, so-so.

85
Exquisite, Profound, Refreshing

See it if you love great music, talented musicians, and an original score. If you've seen the movie, you'll love the show.

Don't see it if you want something with a lot of action or excitement. It is a steady story that builds appropriately, but it's not fast-paced.

95
Original, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Profound, Romantic

See it if you enjoy indie/folk music and love stories. Beautiful music and story. Very unique when compared to other shows.

Don't see it if you enjoy big productions with a lot of set changes and costumes, or if you don't enjoy indie/folk music.