The other day I received 2 complimentary tickets to a performance of ONCE as part of Moms on Broadway.
But before I tell you about it, I need to tell you about a little girl and her love of music. Casey, my now 17-year-old daughter, started by playing the viola when she was in the 3rd grade. Her thirst for music has only grown from there. You know those people from whom music just emanates? That’s my daughter. Always singing and humming. It’s beautiful.
Music is more than a passing fancy for Casey; in fact, she’s decided she wants to go to a music school for college.
Yep.. she’s going to make a career of it.
So when the folks at Boneau/Bryan-Brown asked if I’d like to see ONCE on Broadway, I had to check it out. Once I found out what the show was about, how could I NOT take my singer/musician daughter?
Casey and I were very much looking forward to our mother-daughter outing, which carry more weight now that I’m on the road so much. So excitedly, we were off to the city!
Unlike other performances we’ve seen (like Pippin) there was no silent stage behind a velvet curtain. No, not at all. When we walked in there was a PARTY going on, on stage!
I can honestly say ONCE was one of the most fun and unique performances I have ever seen and get this.. The ensemble cast all play their own instruments on stage! That’s right, no orchestra in a pit down in front; these performers are on stage practically the entire time and their instruments are their co-stars! ONCE is described as:
ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights… but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all.
The performances were outstanding and, just like when we saw Pippin, I was sneaking glimpses of my daughter, the smile on her face telling me all I needed to know. And when I thought it couldn’t get any better, it did! We had a chance to have a talk back with the actors afterward and nearly the entire cast showed up!
If you get a chance, this performance is one you should take in. FAIR WARNING: There is a bit of salty language (they drop a few “F” bombs but truthfully, said in the thick brogue, it was hard to understand that’s what it was, LOL).
If you’re interested, you can go here to buy tickets. But until you see it in person, you can see it here, well a part of it. Here’s the cast from ONCE performing at the 2012 Tony Awards.
Don’t forget to follow ONCE on social media!
And special thanks for Boneau/Bryan-Brown for providing us with tickets for a lovely afternoon on Broadway!