Musical (2012)

Musique: Glen Hansard • Markéta Irglová
Paroles: Glen Hansard • Markéta Irglová
Livret: Enda Walsh
Production à la création:

Act I
A thirty-something Dublin busker (identified only as "Guy") sings a heartfelt ballad of unrequited love in a local bar, accompanying himself on guitar ("Leave"). He then puts his guitar in its case and turns to leave without it; but a young Czech woman ("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 apologizes, and they write, rehearse and record songs together. Girl introduces Guy to her family, including her young daughter, Ivanka ("Ej, Pada, Pada, Rosicka"). 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 next morning Girl tells Guy that she has arranged a meeting with a banker ("Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy"). To persuade the bank manager to approve a loan—which would enable Guy to take his music to New York—Guy plays him a song ("Say It to Me Now"). 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").
Act II
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").
The next day the band records a demo for a major record label ("When Your Mind's Made Up"). 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, Guy 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)").

Off-Broadway (2011-12)
Once premiered at the New York Theater Workshop on December 6, 2011, following previews from November 15, on a run through January 15, 2012. Under the direction of John Tiffany, the original cast was led by Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti as Guy and Girl, respectively. The production was nominated for Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Musical (Winner), Outstanding Director, Outstanding Choreographer (Winner), Outstanding Scenic Design (Bob Crowley), Outstanding Lighting Design (Natasha Katz) (Winner), Outstanding Sound Design (Clive Goodwin), and Outstanding Lead Actress. The production won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical.

Broadway (2012-)
The musical then began previews on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre from February 28, 2012 and officially opening on March 18. Kazee and Milioti repeated their performances from the Off-Broadway cast. The production received eleven Tony Award nominations, winning eight, including Best Musical. It also won the Drama League Award for Distinguished Production of a Musical for 2011-12.

Dublin / West End (2013-)
Following a limited engagement at Dublin's Gaiety Theatre from February 22 until March 9, 2013, starring Declan Bennett (Guy) and Zrinka Cvitešić (Girl), the show made its West End debut at the Phoenix Theatre, London. Previews began March 16, which was followed by an April 9 opening night. Bennett and Cvitešić reprise their roles from the Dublin run. Bennett and Cvitešić made an appearance on BBC's The Graham Norton Show for the televised show on May 31, 2013. Prior to an interview, they performed "Falling Slowly".

Act 1
• "Leave" – Guy
• "Falling Slowly" – Guy & Girl
• "The North Strand" – Ensemble
• "The Moon" – Andrej (as Ensemble)
• "Ej, Pada, Pada, Rosicka" – Ensemble
• "If You Want Me" – Guy, Girl, & Ensemble
• "Broken Hearted Hoover Fixer Sucker Guy" – Guy
• "Say It to Me Now" – Guy
• "Abandoned in Bandon" – Bank Manager (composed by Martin Lowe, Andy Taylor and Enda Walsh)
• "Gold" – Guy & Ensemble (composed by Fergus O'Farrell)
Act 2
• "Sleeping" – Guy
• "When Your Mind's Made Up" – Guy, Girl, & Ensemble
• "The Hill" – Girl
• "Gold (A Cappella) " – Company
• "It Cannot Be About That" - Ensemble
• "The Moon" – Company
• "Falling Slowly (Reprise)" – Guy, Girl, & Ensemble

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Once (2013-04-Phoenix Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original London
Théâtre: Phoenix Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 an 11 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : 16 March 2013
Première: 09 April 2013
Dernière: 21 March 2015
Mise en scène : John Tiffany
Chorégraphie : Steven Hoggett
Producteur :
Star(s) :
Avec: Declan Bennett (Guy), Zrinka Cvitesic (Girl), Valda Aviks (Baruska), Ryan Fletcher (Svec), Aidan Kelly (Billy), Gareth O' Connor (Eamon), Michael O' Connor (Da) , Miria Parvin (Ex Girlfriend), Jos Slovick (Andre), Flora Spencer-Longhurst (Reza), Jez Unwin (Bank Manager), Gabriel Vick (Emcee). (Alternating the role of Girl's young daughter Ivanka will be Poppy-Lily Baker, Mia-Jai Bryan, Pacha Anna Green and Nancy Ann Jeans)
Commentaires : In the musical, the cast also serves as the orchestra. 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 at intermission as a working bar for refreshments.
Presse : "Enda Walsh’s book expands the film’s script yet is still concise, and John Tiffany directs with fluent skill..[Once] has a delicate soulfulness and a truthful charm."
Henry Hitchings for The Evening Standard

"The tone is bitter-sweet, like a modern-day Brief Encounter. The songs, by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, are mostly sad, wistful and melodic, though they sometimes build up a head of steam and become downright anguished..There is a genuine tenderness between the main couple, though neither Declan Bennett nor Zrinka Cvitešic prove quite as touching as the stars of the film. The dialogue is often cheesy...But my frequent impatience with this show certainly didn’t seem to be shared by most of the audience, who rose as one to applaud Once.
Charles Spencer for The Daily Telegraph

"Charmingly funny and affecting production ."
Paul Taylor for The Independent

Extrait: "Falling Slowly"

Once (2013-04-Phoenix Theatre-London)

The cast of Once The Musical performs a selection of songs from the show at an exclusive social media event held at the Phoenix theatre. Here leading pair Declan Bennett and Zrinka Cvitešić sing Falling Slowly.

Qualité: *** Intérêt: *****
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Opening Night

Once (2013-04-Phoenix Theatre-London)

Reportage à l'occasion de l'opening de "Once" au Phoenix Theatre de Londres

Qualité: **** Intérêt: ***
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"Once" arrive enfin à Londres...

Once (2013-04-Phoenix Theatre-London)

Trailer à l'occasion de l'arrivée de "Once" au Phoenix Theatre de Londres

Qualité: **** Intérêt: ****
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