Once Broadway

Once – Broadway

Once Broadway
photo @ Chicago Theater Beat

Once, the musical (I haven’t seen the film yet), is superb. It climbed into me without asking me to understand why I would let it. It’s like two shows, actually – about 45min of music on the set (huge folk ensemble doing Celtic and Russian folk) before the play officially starts, and the musicians & vocalists are then the cast. It starts with the bar that serves as the primary set for the play in turn serving the audience as a full bar, just like the bar at the back of the Jacobs Theatre. The whole while they serenade the audience, as people¬† arrive, get drinks, and take seats, before clearing the stage of guests and going at it in earnest. The music portion lasts quite a while, and then the stage darkens, and it became the bar in the story. I love the entire performance, the songs more than the story, honestly – but the all music ‘first act’ is the most enthralling for me. It is quintessentially, artful.