Once: The award-winning musical on the Alternative Stage of Lyric

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Once, in a text by Edna Wales, music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketta Irglova, for the first time in Greece comes a great production of the Alternative Scene of the National Opera.

The story of a boy who abandoned love and the music and the girl who inspired him to dream again live on stage through wonderful melodic songs, such as the Oscar-winning “Falling Slowly,” and with an exceptional cast of talented actress-music-singers of the new generation.

This is a unique, moving story about the faith we must have in our dreams, but also about the power of music that connects us all. From the very first notes One brings the viewer to his magical pace. This exciting musical, which touches the sensitive strings of the audience and speaks the language of street music, is the only production that has been honored with the Oscar, Grammys, Olivier and Tony awards.

” Once uses song and music in a way we have never met in an American musical to create a glamorous glamor of nostalgia that everyone could feel,” the New York Times wrote .

A musical like the Once happens only once!

The Musical Once is the theatrical adaptation of the award-winning film directed by John Carney in 2007 and tells a story of love between an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant who meet on the streets of Dublin and share their common passion for folk-rock songs full of melancholy . The low-budget movie, a hand-made film that looks like a music album with images, as the director notes, won the audience award at the Santander and Dublin festivals.

Like in the film, music in the musical is by Glen Hansard, singer of the Irish rock band The Frames, and the lyrics of the Czech singer, pianist and actor Marketta Irglova. Their song “Falling Slowly”, which was recorded by The Frames band and which interpreted the two artists on the stage and their live performances across Europe, was a huge success and won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 2008.

The text of the Once musical has been signed by the award-winning Irish theatrical writer and director, Eda Wales, whose work has been translated into more than twenty languages ​​and has been featured internationally since 1998. His latest work includes his collaboration with David Bowie to create the Lazarus musical in 2015.

The musical premiered in 2011 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in the same year it was presented at the New York Theater Workshop. One year later he went to Broadway with a huge success. Production has received eleven nominations for the 2012 Tony Award – an institution rewarding the best Broadway productions since 1949 – winning a total of eight awards, including best musical, best actress and best book.

In 2012, Once won the Drama Desk Award in Best Musical, and in 2013 he was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. That same year, he made his debut in West End London, Phoenix Theater, releasing riotous criticism.

Totally different and extremely original, Once also has something else that we rarely find in a Broadway musical: the actors singers assume the difficult role of the orchestra’s musicians while performing the songs and the music on stage! A fact that makes Once an unforgettable musical experience. “He immediately wins you with his simplicity, his charm and an aura of sweet melancholy,” wrote Guardian .

The story

A street musician in Dublin is ready to give up his dreams when a young Czech musician, a immigrant in Dublin, shows a sudden interest in his emotional erotic songs. As the love attraction grows, the musical inspiration of the artist reaches its peak … But their unusual relationship proves to be deeper and more complex than an ordinary romance.

Directional note

The story is simple: a street musician knows a young Czech, also a musician, how else? playing guitar on a Dublin street. He is at a turning point with his art and his life. His acquaintance with the girl will change him. If he has a happy ending? I would say it ends like reality: leaving many possibilities open.

The story, the work has, always in my opinion, a character of a doctored: Meeting on the street, in shops, bourgeois districts, neighborhood pubs, parks, compose a material of mythology of the city.

The faces, everyday, speak, and where the words do not come to them, and of course, as the specificity of the work demands, they all play great guitars, violins, accordion, cello, mandolin and piano again singing again and so on until the happy sad ending.

The couple, He and She in the Irish original, live his short story in an environment of people of particular temperament, in an environment of intense color and expressive.

I wish all musicians playing on the Athenian streets to live a similar adventure, and – why not? – I wish to all of us, like a musical, a nice Athenian afternoon singing together, random and unknown, in any square city ​​a wonderful song.



Text: Eda Wales
Music – Lyrics: Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova
Based on John Camaret’s film-based homonymous film

Direction: Akyllas Karazisis
Music Teaching: Achilles Wastor
Translation: Dimitris Dimopoulos
Choreography: Amalia Bennett
Stage: Eva Manidaki
Costumes: Ioanna Tsami
Lighting: Giannis Drakoularakos

Starring: Marina Sati, Apostolis Psychhris
Interpreters: Elias Algarre, Taxiarchis Vasilakos, Nikos Giannarakis, Aris Kallergis, Nefeli Markakis, Tasos Missirlis, Maria Nika, Alkis Panagiotidis, Giorgos Tzavaras, Ioanna Forti

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From: 20/12/2018 To: 20/01/2019

20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30 December 2018 | 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 January 2019
Time; 20.30


Alternative Stage of the National Opera, Stavros Niarchos Foundation for Culture, Kallithea


Ticket prices: 18, 25 euro, Student, child: 15 euro


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