The Power of Music

Musical ‘Once’ proves music can heal and inspire

Music is a universal language with a power to unite people in collaboration and in love. Once, a Tony Award-winning musical, tells the simple story of a guy, a girl and the music that brings them together. The actors, serving as the orchestra, play instruments live on stage and take the audience on an emotional journey. Once runs live at The Phoenix Theatre Company May 22 through June 16.

Once began as a music-filled movie in 2007 with songs from one of Ireland’s most beloved and prolific songwriters, Glen Hansard, and Czech singer-songwriter Marketa Irglova. Their song Falling Slowly won an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Adapted for the stage in 2011, the Broadway production was nominated for 11 Tony Awards and won eight of them, including Best Musical.

The musical closely mirrors the movie. Over the course of a week, Girl convinces Guy to believe in the power of his music and his love for the woman who inspired his songs. Together, they recruit a motley crew of street performers and scrape together enough money to record a demo album. Their friendship evolves into a love story — with a twist.

“At its core, Once is about connection,” says Pasha Yamotahari, The Phoenix Theatre Company’s associate producing director and director of Once. “Two strangers meet and through the music they create together, they explore these tender moments of vulnerability and courage. Through the medium of music, they discover an unexpected kind of love. It’s simply beautiful.”

The Phoenix Theatre Company production stars two familiar faces: Michelle Chin, last seen as Nina in the theater’s production of Airness, and Kyle Sorrell, seen in last year’s production of Million Dollar Quartet as Sam Phillips.


Once

May 22 – June 16

The Phoenix Theatre Company, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

For more information and tickets, visit phoenixtheatre.com.

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