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Once Staff Pick

When: April 7-9, 7:30 p.m., Fri., April 10, 8 p.m., Sat., April 11, 2 & 8 p.m. and Sun., April 12, 1 & 6:30 p.m. 2015
Price: $35 to $70
Once upon a time, in a long-ago year called 2007, a little movie became an unexpected art-house hit. Written and directed by John Carney, it was a simple musical love story about a guy and a girl—he a busker and musician in Dublin, she an immigrant with her own musical talents—who meet at a time when they need each other creatively and emotionally. The result—Once—was uniquely stirring, and its beautiful anthem "Falling Slowly" went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song. But the little movie that could didn't stop there. In 2011, a stage musical version of Once was developed from Carney's film, and featured several new songs by the film's stars and songwriters, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová. It's still the same story of a Guy and a Girl and employs a minimalist production style with the musicians, who are characters in the show, also serving as the "orchestra" while remaining on stage. In addition to the film's wonderful songs like "Falling Slowly," "When Your Mind's Made Up" and "Sleeping," additional tunes fill out the plot, including "The North Strand," "The Hill" and "It Cannot Be About That." The result is a show that won eight 2012 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Book. If you adore the movie, you might fall in love all over again as the story plays out live, and those magnificentsongs fill Kingsbury Hall. (Scott Renshaw)
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