There are times when I want to cozy up with a warm blanket by the fireplace with my hubby and stop all the rushing around. That’s the experience I felt when I recently saw ONCE The Musical, now on stage with Mirvish Productions at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto until May 31, 2015.
This Tony-Award winning musical takes place in Ireland and tells a story of having loved and lost love. It’s also about how much you want love and what you’re willing to do for it. ONCE tells the tale of Guy, a Dublin musician who’s about to give up on his music when he encounters a Czech Girl who takes interest in his songs and encourages him to not give up. As their personal connection grows, things become more complex between them.
I saw Once the Musical in a previous production but this particular show felt more emotionally charged and really special. I could listen to lead performer Ian Lake sing all day and night. His Falling Slowly duet with Trish Lundstrom (Girl) is absolutely haunting and gorgeous. I melted when they performed the song twice. Thank you!
It’s not a sappy love story; instead it is quick-witted and fun. Trish Lundstrom’s “Girl” nails the accent and no-nonsense mannerisms while balancing it all with some of the best lines in the show. Stephen Guy-McGrath plays the music shop keep with a humour that makes this a well-rounded show that’s endearing and fun.
I went into this show thinking I was going for the music but what I also got was a reconnection for the whole story, once again. This all-Canadian cast reminded me about how fortunate we are to have such incredible homegrown talent, once again. I have fallen in love with this musical, once again… only more deeply this time around.
If you’re looking for an unhurried and cozy date night. This is definitely for you.
Tickets and schedule of performances at mirvish.com
Here’s a sneak peek that took place during rehearsals… behind the scenes!