Once - A New Musical
Music and Lyrics By: Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
Book By: Enda Walsh
Distributed by: Masterworks Broadway
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
Based on the 2007 award-winning Irish romantic film by John Carney, Once – A New Musical opened off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop in December of 2011. Since then, it has moved to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, where it opened in March 2011. Masterworks Broadway has released the original cast recording of Once – A New Musical just five days before the musical opened on Broadway.
When Guy (Steve Kazee) meets Girl (Cristin Milioti), it is magic. Their mutual love for music draws the Irish musician/vacuum repairman and the Czech immigrant together, despite the fact that they have little else in common. Their fast friendship and collaboration in music brings about an intense romantic relationship fraught with complications.
One would expect the music from a romantic musical to be full of romance and desire and the soundtrack of this musical is no exception. But unlike many other musicals, the soundtrack of Once - A Musical features incredibly polished performances. This is the new era of Broadway - complex and meaningful lyrics accompanied by a select few instruments rather than a full orchestra. The result is incredibly romantic and supplies the listener with the idea that they are listening to a romantic album rather than the soundtrack of a Broadway musical.
Of course, not every song is about romance, lost love, self-doubt and despair. There are some rather funny tracks which take place in the midst of the Guy meets Girl friendship like