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Once:The Musical (NHB Libretti) [Paperback]

Enda Walsh , Glen Hansard , Markéta Irglová
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Book Description

14 Feb 2013
The complete book and lyrics of the hit Broadway and West End show.

Based on the much-loved film (2008 Oscar for Best Song, Falling Slowly), Once is an extraordinary, original and irresistibly joyous celebration of love, friendship and music. When an Irish busker and a young Czech mother meet through a shared love of music, their songwriting sparks a deep connection and a tender, longing romance that neither of them could have expected. With a book by the acclaimed Irish playwright Enda Walsh, Once is an old-fashioned love story that dares to be different, an achingly beautiful, thrillingly inspirational show that strikes a truly unforgettable chord.

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Nick Hern Books (14 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848423101
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848423107
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 12.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Enda Walsh captures the fragile charm of the original movie in a book bursting with unexpected humour... offers a glimmer of sophistication to audiences tired of back-catalogue musicals and asinine plots. --The Stage

Enda Walsh (Disco Pigs, Misterman) deploys his well-attested verbal gifts with well-judged economy to provide regular dashes of vivid, mildly absurdist colour. --Metro

There is genuine warmth and inclusiveness to this show... best of all is Enda Walsh's script, which has great, puckish fun applying a bit of Brechtian silliness to the romcom formula --Time Out

Miraculously retains the intimate feeling and freshness of fringe... it's funny, it's truthful, it sings. If London audiences don't love it to bits I disown them. --The Times

Charmingly funny and affecting... demonstrates the power of music both to express deep psychic hurt and to perform a cure of sorts. --Independent.

Quiet, wistful, tender... it has a delicate soulfulness and a truthful charm. --Evening Standard

Wins you over with its simplicity, charm and air of sweet melancholy. --Guardian

FIve Stars. Tansporting! Once is the most romantic show on Broadway. It speaks volumes about the power of music and connection. --New York Daily News

About the Author

Enda Walsh's plays include Disco Pigs, Misterman, Bedbound, The Small Things, The Walworth Farce, Delirium, The New Electric Ballroom and Penelope. They are all published by NHB. Some of these are also available along with other short plays in a first volume.

Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová wrote the music and lyrics for the original film of Once, including the Oscar winning song Falling Slowly.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 25 Jan 2014
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It's like seing the show all over again! Brilliant! I want to see it again! But until then, I'll read the book again and again ... and again!
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