Posted by Jen
We’re excited about Seattle Repertory Theatre‘s production of Once: The Musical, opening next Tuesday, June 3 and running until June 8. Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards, Once is the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who is about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, Once draws you in from the very first note and never lets go.
Here’s a selection of books, music and a movie to enhance your experience of this unforgettable story.
A down-on-his-luck Dublin street musician (Glen Hansard) meets a Czech immigrant (Markéta Irglová) whose interest in his songs sparks an intense connection and unlikely collaboration.
Once by Edna Walsh
Walsh’s adapation of the 2006 film won eight Tony Awards in 2012, including Best Musical and Best Book. This book is the basis for the Seattle Repertory Theatre’s 2014 production.
One Day by David Nicholls
On July 15, 1988, two young college grads, Dex and Em, embark on an intense and complex relationship that unfolds across 20 years, always revisited on the anniversary of their first meeting. Those who enjoyed Once for its youth, vitality and sense of longing may also like this novel, which is chock full of music, whimsy and heartbreak.
The Swell Season (CD)
The Swell Season is Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová’s real-life band, formed before the filming of Once. Their self-titled debut album includes the Oscar-winning track ‘Falling Slowly’ and other songs featured in the film.
The Cost (CD)
Before Hansard teamed up with Irglová in The Swell Season, he was the frontman for the critically acclaimed Irish alternative rock group The Frames. Recorded live in the studio over ten days, this album includes a robust performance of ‘Falling Slowly.’
Here’s our complete list for Seattle Rep’s ONCE: THE MUSICAL: Beyond the Theatre.
Enjoy the show!