Once The Musical Review


I saw “Once The Musical” last night. It was phenomenal! One of my best friends gave it to me as an early birthday present; and man was it a great gift! It was amazing because we were in the orchestra, close to the stage at the Aronoff in Cincinnati, AND we were allowed to go on stage. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take pictures while on stage but I was star struck nonetheless. First off, I should say how much I love theater. I’ve been in musicals since the 6th grade, and while I don’t participate in plays/ musicals anymore, I still miss them. Whenever I’m in a theatre, it feels like home. I loved being on Aronoff’s stage, it was so beautiful and the set was perfect for the show. I was very intrigued with the fluidity of the play. There was only one set, the stage was moved by the actors on stage and the majority of the cast were on stage but they didn’t have a spotlight on them. It oddly enough, fed into the play’s message and theme very well. It was an experience to be had, that’s for sure.

Once, was actually a movie before it was a musical. It won an Academy Award for best song in 2008 for “Falling Slowly”. The movie budget was a measly $150,000, and it was still a hit! I can honestly tell you that the movie, while it has potential, isn’t as amazing as the soundtrack. When Glen Hansard sings it’s like someone is taking pages out of my diary and singing it aloud. The musical however, is what I call-the “fanfiction” of the movie. The musical took all of the amazing things about the film and the music and filled in the gaps that we’ve always wanted to know from the movie. It was brilliant. Absolutely, brilliant.

The basic premise is a woman overhears a man singing and stops to listen. The woman finds out that the song was originally written by them man singing/playing the guitar and is immediately intrigued. I don’t want to ruin the magic of the musical/movie for you, but it’s worth seeing. If the musical is in your area get tickets now (And no they don’t pay me to say these things, I only do this since I’m in love with musicals)! Click here if you would like to read my other musical review on “Wicked”.

What’s your favorite musical?


About juliagoolia1920

I'm a twenty something wannabee writer, who is trying to figure out this whole adulthood thing. In my free time, when I'm not writing, I enjoy beer and Netflix. Preferably together. I gravitate towards Cincinnati at night and live in the burbs during the day. On my blog you will find reviews, anecdotes, stories and the occasional rant.

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