April 23, 2021

Once: The Musical returns to Chicago

Many fans of musical theater have admitted that they missed the musical Once when it was on Broadway or when it first played Chicago in 2013. Here is an alert on a brief run at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace Theater June 2 through June 7, 2015. Don’t miss it!

The musical is based on a popular 2006 movie which featured an Oscar-winning song entitled “Falling Slowly.” The songwriters of the hit movie score teamed up to flesh out the music for a Tony-award winning Broadway run. The touring production in 2013 was stunning with excellent choreography, cast members that sing and play instruments and a love story that successfully transferred from film to stage.

In the previous Chicago production, one entered the theater to see an Irish bar on stage with audience members queuing up to buy actual beer. Cast members were mingling with on-stage bar patrons while they started playing acoustically. Less adventuresome theater-attendees, myself included, were delighted by the bar tableau from their theater seats. Almost without notice, the music started to be amplified, the bar patrons were invited to find their seats and the show had officially started. I was delighted by this pre-show idea and the production continued at this same entertaining level from start to finish.

The movie soundtrack was charming and low-key, but this Broadway musical incarnation with its Irish overtones had rousing dance and instrumental sequences that were breath-taking. I am unfamiliar with this new touring cast, but you may want to take a chance that the show is still creating magic.

The Once web site is offering discounts for weekdays.

Goldstar has a limited number of discounted seats as well:

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