Theatre Thursday: Once

This past Sunday I went to PPAC for the second show of the 2013-2014 Broadway Series. This time we would be seeing Once. I knew nothing about it except “boy meets girl, boy sings song, they fall in love”, it sounded good to me.We arrived at the theatre in plenty of time because I had received an email stating that if you are late for curtain call, you cannot enter for the first 18 minutes! That’s a LONG time to be missing a show. (and they weren’t kidding – the 4 people in front of us came in very late!) The nice thing about having the same seats for every show is that we know exactly where to go when we get there.

View of the stage during intermission - sorry it's so blurry!
View of the stage during intermission – sorry it’s so blurry!

Before the show, and again at intermission, they let the audience up on stage to buy a drink from the bar on set. It was cool to see everyone up there. The cast was also playing fun music during this time, my mom said it reminded her of lower deck Irish party Jack takes Rose to on the Titanic.

Run Time: 85 minutes (plus intermission)
Synopsis: Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, ONCE launches its National Tour at PPAC. A truly original Broadway experience, featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, 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. {source}

It was a very cute story with lots of laughs. The cast had great chemistry and put on a wonderful show. Another neat fact is that the cast is the Orchestra! When they are not in the scene, they sit off to the side and play their instruments. Such talent!

The two main characters meet when the male lead is singing in a pub and the female lead walks in and is in awe of his music. She is unhappy that he is going to be giving up his passion of music and is determined not to let that happen. They wind up spending more and more time together creating music, and wind up falling in love but factors from their past make a romance hard to hold on to.

Overall Rating:

4 out of 5
4 out of 5

I would recommend you see this show. And if given the opportunity, I would even go see it again.

NEXT SHOW: Ghost October 27th (running at PPAC from Oct 22-27)

Previous Reviews: Evita

Here are a few pictures of PPAC just because it is such a beautiful theater. They are not professional by any means, just a couple quick shots taken from my seat during the intermission.

Beautiful Detailing about the stage
Beautiful Detailing about the stage
Chandelier above the balcony. You cannot see it in the picture but the detailing is amazing.
Chandelier above the balcony. You cannot see it in the picture but the detailing is amazing.

Have you ever seen ONCE?

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