Polish opening night: 12 May 2018
Once is an American musical first staged in 2011 and based on the 2007 movie of the same title by John Carney. The show has been a great success in the USA and other countries – it has received, among other things, eight Tony awards – the most prestigious American theatre awards (including Best Musical and Best Book), as well as 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album. The song Falling Slowly from the movie soundtrack was awarded a 2008 Oscar for Best Original Song.
The show is set in Dublin, and the plot revolves around a relationship developing between Girl (an immigrant from Eastern Europe) and Guy (a musically talented Irishman). What makes the show very impressive is the alluring, at times even hypnotising, music and the clever lyrics of the songs coupled with witty, but at the same time thoughtful, yet sometimes bitter dialogues. All the actors, in addition to creating the on-stage characters, are the orchestra which is what makes this show unusual. It rarely happens in musicals, and at the same time it creates a huge artistic challenge to both the producers and the cast of the show. This concept requires the artists to have both acting, vocal and musical instrument skills. But this is what makes the songs integrate perfectly with the plot.
The opening night of Once on the NOVA Stage of ROMA Musical Theatre took place on 12 May 2018. Twenty eight shows (including the première) are scheduled till mid July. The tickets are selling extremely well. The musical will return to the small stage of ROMA Musical Theatre after the summer holidays.
Book: ENDA WALSH
Music and lyrics: GLEN HANSARD & MARKÉTA IRGLOVÁ
Based on the Motion Picture written and directed by JOHN CARNEY
The musical Once is performed by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe) Limited.
CREATORS AND PRODUCERS:
WOJCIECH KĘPCZYŃSKI director
MICHAŁ WOJNAROWSKI translation
JAKUB LUBOWICZ musical director
AGNIESZKA BRAŃSKA assistant director, choreography
MARIUSZ NAPIERAŁA set design and lightning design
ANNA WAŚ costumes
EWA KONSTANCJA BUŁHAK drama coach
LENA ZUCHNIAK vocal coach
JACEK KOTLARSKI vocal coach
ARTUR GIERCZAK instrument coach (guitars)
FRYDERYK MŁYNARSKI instrument coach (percussion)
ADAM KELLER digital content design
JAGA HUPAŁO hairstyling
MIROSŁAW BESTECKI sound design
PIOTR SKÓRKA additional audio recordings
DAMIAN BIAŁORUDZKI lighting
EWA BARA production manager
SYLWIA MORDAK assistant costume designer, stage manager
JAGODA MORDAK stage manager
PAULINA STAWISKA manager of the Nova Stage