A Heartfelt Ode to Love and Music: ‘Once’ Enchants Melbourne

Melbourne, Play / 26 April 2023

Melbourne, prepare to be swept off your feet as the gorgeously poignant hit musical Once returns to captivate audiences, following its triumphant sold-out season in Sydney. Filled with passion, heart, and soul, this enchanting production will make you fall head over heels all over again!

At its core, Once tells the compelling story of a despondent Irish musician who is about to hang up his guitar for good, when along comes an enigmatic Czech pianist who suddenly becomes enthralled by his tunes. Set against the evocative backdrop of Dublin’s streets, this touching love story features an exceptional cast of talented performers who bring the music to life right before your eyes.

This charming tale was born from the movie of the same name, penned by John Carney. It has been lovingly transformed into a musical with a book by Enda Walsh, while Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová have skillfully crafted the memorable music and lyrics. The result is an extraordinary production that holds the rare distinction of having its music recognised with an Academy Award®, Grammy Award®, Olivier Award, and Tony Award® (including Best Musical).

With a musical score that features songs from the critically lauded film, including the heart-stirring, Oscar-winning tune ‘Falling Slowly’, this mesmerising show will have you entranced from the very first note to the final, lingering chord.

Once weaves a tender narrative about daring to chase your dreams and the unifying power of music that transcends barriers and brings us all together. As you sit in the theatre, prepare to be moved by the beautiful story unfolding before you, filled with emotion and underscored by the stirring soundtrack.

Get ready to experience the magic of Once as it charms Melbourne with its achingly beautiful tale of love and music, and leaves a lasting impression on the hearts of all who witness it. Don’t miss your chance to be whisked away by this unforgettable, enchanting musical masterpiece!

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