The Arts Club’s version of Once, the surprise 2007 hit movie musical, opens next Thursday, June 14, at the Granville Island Stage (1585 Johnston St.).
Made for a mere €112,000, the indie feature went on to become a commercial success. The story of two struggling musicians in Dublin, it starred two musicians who had played together in a band called Swell Season. The result received the 2007 Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film, while the song “Falling Slowly” won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Original Song.
In 2012, a musical based on the film went to Broadway. The production received 11 Tony Award nominations and won eight awards, including Best Musical and Best Book. The Arts Club’s production of Once runs until July 29. Read more below.
Like the film, the musical adapts music and lyrics by the two leads, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, including “Falling Slowly.”
For its production, the Arts Club has recruited a company of actors who all play instruments onstage. The two leads are Adrian Glynn McMorran as “Guy,” and Gili Roskies as “Girl.”
In a press release, director Bill Millerd states: “Once is not only an intimate and personal show, but also one that explores the cultural relationship between the Czech immigrants and the Dublin locals. The twelve cast members provide the musical accompaniment, playing numerous instruments to give the Irish-based music its unique flavour.”
When: June 14–July 29
Where: Granville Island Stage (1585 Johnston St., Granville Island)
Tickets: from $29 at artsclub.com or the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644