Once the Musical

Once the Musical is a breakaway Broadway hit musical based on the 2006 independent Irish film of the same name. The musical opened on Broadway in 2012 and received 11  Tony Award nominations, going on to win eight including Best Actor and Best Musical. It also won the Grammy Award for Best Show Album. The show features a book by Edna Walsh and the score builds on that of the film, featuring music by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. The song “Falling Slowly” won an Oscar for Best Original Song. After proving to be a sell out on Broadway, the show transferred to the Phoenix Theatre in London’s West End. 

Once the Musical Playbill

Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová

Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová

Enda Walsh

the motion picture written and directed by John Carney

Barbara Broccoli, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick Zollo, Brian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson, Orin Wolf and The

John Tiffany

Steven Hoggett


Once - Original Broadway

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre - Opened 3 Mar 2013, closed 1 Jan 1970

Cast: Steve Kazee, Cristin Milioti, Elizabeth A. Davis, David Abeles, Will Connolly, David Patrick Kelly. 

Once the Musical London

Once - Original London

Phoenix Theatre - Opened 16 Mar 2013, closed 30 Nov 2013

Cast: Declan Bennett, Zrinka Cvitesic, Valda Aviks, Ryan Fletcher, Gareth O’Connor, Michael O’Connor, Miria Parvin, Jos Slovick, Jez Unwin, Gabriel Vick

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Twitter Synopsis:

An Irish busker falls in love with a Czech Piano player and make sweet music before he leaves her and moves away to New York. 

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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 II 
  • “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
  • 2012 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Performance by Actor in a Leading Role, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Orchestrations, Best Scenic Design of a Musical, Best Lighting Design, Best Sound Design, 
  • 2012 Drama Desk: Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Lyrics, Outstanding Director. 

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