Yesterday we were very kindly invited to a social media call over at the Phoenix Theatre where Once a new musical is being played. Now what’s that you say? Well yesterday we had the pleasure in finding out!
Being the first in the West End to put on such an event the social media call was basically a great opportunity to get up close and personal to the cast of Once. In doing so we had the delight of hearing a few of there songs performed in the show as well as holding a Q and A with the cast.
Having the chance to get up close to the cast and hear what they enjoyed about the show they were performing was a great opportunity. All showed great passion about what they were performing and put up a strong argument as to how they stand out from other West End shows.
When asked about a cast recording all seemed very keen on the idea. It was mentioned by some of the cast that they would like to record some of the songs very first played before the shows actually starts, played while the audience take there seats. It was also confirmed that in no point of the show is anything pre recorded and all is as you see it, live!
For those that are unaware, Once is based on the 2006 film which tells the story of an Irish guy and an Eastern European girl who meet in Dublin. Both musicians, their love affair is told through songs they write for one another in a traditional Irish pub. Just as the film grew a cult following, the musical has drawn audiences to its simple story and charming melodies.
The Broadway production also won a Tony for its set, designed by Bob Crowley. Minimalist in style, it consists of a bar onstage which can be accessed by the audience during the interval. The bar is surrounded by chairs and the actors never leave the stage, instead playing musical instruments when they are not in a scene.
It’s safe to say this new event was a great idea and we for one look forward to more like this!!