Once is Not Enough

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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Once at New York Theatre Workshop Steve Kazee as the Guy and Cristin Milioti as the Girl in the Off-Broadway production of Once at New York Theatre Workshop. (© Joan Marcus)

The 2006 independent movie Once, about the relationship between an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant who meet on the streets of Dublin, has been turned into an Off-Broadway musical.

In an unusual move, the producers announced even before the Off-Broadway opening that the show would move to a Broadway theater. Charles Isherwood, theater critic for The New York Times, caught it at its current home, New York Theater Workshop, and talks about the film that inspired it, the challenges it has met in its stage incarnation and those that are perhaps in its Broadway future.

Adapted by the Irish playwright Enda Walsh and directed by John Tiffany, the show can be seen at New York Theater Workshop through Jan. 15 before moving to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater on Feb. 28.

Comments [1]

Peg from NYC

My goodness, what a bizarre idea it is, making this film into a musical for the stage. Yuck! 'Once' was the most boring movie I have ever seen in my life. It seemed more of a mood piece than an actual feature film to me. Five minutes of material stretched into eighty-five minutes of film. Someone is going to have to write a lot more music for it so they don't have to use that one song over and over and over the way they did on the movie soundtrack.

Jan. 04 2012 07:39 PM

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