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Once in Warsaw
July 6, 2018   
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"Once" is the most recent production by the Musical Theater Roma in Warsaw. The story is known to the Polish audience mostly from the 2007 film of the same name, by John Carney, in which the main roles were played by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, who wrote the music and lyrics, including the Academy Award for Best Original Song Academy Award-winning song "Falling Slowly".

The musical premiered at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2011, before transferring to Broadway in 2012. The production won eight prestigious Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Actor and Best Book as well as the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

The Polish production, directed by Wojciech Kępczyński, premiered on the Nova Stage of the Roma Theater on May 12.

Because in the musical, the cast also serves as the orchestra. Kępczyński had a difficult task having to find, for the main roles, singing and dancing actors, who can play instruments at the same time, as well as eight members of the orchestra, who can also dance, sing and act in supporting roles.

"Once" is a moving story about the power of youth, love, dreams. The action takes place in Dublin, where a Girl, a Czech immigrant (played by Marta Węgrocka or Monika Rygasiewicz) meets a Guy, a talented Irish guitarist (Adam Krylik / Mariusz Totoszko).

Guy says that "to live, you have to love," though this feeling is not always easy between the main characters who are unable to leave the past behind them.
Without stunning costumes or special effects, and with a minimalist set, the show's strength is in its captivating music and clever lyrics complemented by witty and reflective dialogues.

The show is playing until July 17, to return on the Nova Stage after the summer holidays.
M.R.
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