Been a long time admirer of Glen Hansard and the film and CD
Went to see the London show yesterday and have to say how impressed we were, also understand that a London cast version will be available in September (according to the steward - lets hope so) The COMPLETE cast are truly a talented bunch of musicians that swap instruments as easy as they draw us into the show and make us laugh and enjoy the story
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I saw the musical in London and have also seen the film. I am a huge fan. I wish more people were familiar with the best songs and that we were hearing them sung by choirs, talent show contestants and on radio. Several of the songs are stunning. This musical sets the stage for musicals to develop in a whole new direction, less glitzy, with more feeling and more doubt. This is great to listen to in the car; and I'd recommend it. I wish the recording had been done in London, where the musical is by the way currently running, rather than in the US as for me this musical benefits from a London flavour..
I have an original motion picture DVD "Once" and thoroughly enjoyed it. I watched it recently with my daughter and still toughed by its gentle, sweet and clean taste of its love story and musicality in whole. However, the soundtrack doesn't contain some of beautiful tunes that the girl sings! Here, with some new scores for the Broadway musical, we have a full soundtrack in the highest quality. If I have a chance, I'll go to see the musical in London. Highly recommended and it'll never disappoint you!
This musical is so raw and beautiful. The songs are amazing even if you're not a fan of musicals. I saw the London cast in March 2014 and I hope they bring out their version as well as this! The London cast have so much more power and emotion, and if you're down in London you should definitely go and see it!