With all the international theatre talk of late eclipsed by the Tony Award nominations, it’s important to not forget the West End’s own Awards, the Oliviers. Australia has hosted a lot of past Olivier Award winning shows in our time, and one of our most anticipated shows – Once the Musical, set to play Melbourne later this year, was just recognised.
During the ceremony on April 13, Once received the award for Best Actress in a Musical (Zrinka Cvitesic) and, excitingly, the award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.
Once is a stage adaptation of the 2006 movie (remember “Falling Slowly”?), a gentle indie darling about love and humanity, a Guy and a Girl, has a book by Enda Walsh, with music by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. Set in an Irish pub, each actor doubles as a musician bringing the soaring score to life.
On a Dublin street, an immigrant flower seller is drawn to the music of a busker. A casual chat leads to another meeting and they begin to write songs together. Before long, the guy and the girl are sharing their lives through music: the joys and heartbreaks, the loves they had, the loves they lost.
In 2012, Once won an incredible eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, and Best Orchestrations.
Once can be seen at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne for a strictly limited season from 1 October – 9 November. A co-production from John Frost and MTC, casting has yet to be announced, but this is a winner of a production with the awards to back it up. For tickets and more information, visit mtc.com.au.