Once the Movie vs Once the Musical

Friday, November 1, 2013

 Tinsel & Tine at "Once" the Musical Opening Night

Once, winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, kicked off the Broadway Philadelphia season at the Academy of Music, and I got to see it opening night!

I wanted to do an in-depth comparison of the film vs. the Broadway show and had planned to stream the movie Once before opening night, as I hadn't seen this charming little film since it was in theaters way back in 2007.  That was the plan, however, I was running around doing the Philadelphia Film Festival, started a new job that's much more involved than I had anticipated, not to mention comes with an hour commute each way, and on top of it all, I got the flu.  So I was fortunate to even make it to the show; now the review is due, and I still didn't get a chance to re-watch the film.

For anyone unfamiliar with the plot of both the movie and the musical - A young, immigrant Czech woman recently come to live in Dublin Ireland, needs her Hoover vacuum cleaner fixed. She happens to stop to hear a street musician and strikes up a conversation with him, during their exchange she finds out he also fixes vacuum cleaners and he finds out she plays the piano. A little friendship starts and grows into more as they begin to collaborate on his songs, songs written out of the heartbreak he recently experienced having been cheated on and left by the love of his life. - the first being the haunting, sweetly, brilliant ballad "Falling Slowly". I may not have seen the movie since 2007, but I've been playing this song on my Mp3 player all along.

Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová scene from "Once" movie

Once the movie, directed by John Carney, is gentle and small, yet leaves a big impact.  Part of the film's appeal stems from full songs being sung throughout, resembling a movie/musical; but mostly, it's the leads/composers, Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová who are so natural and honest in these roles.  At the time of the film, they were a couple in real life and no doubt that added to the bittersweet, yet fairytale feeling of the movie.

Once the musical, directed by John Tiffany, Book by Enda Walsh, lightens the mood of the piece. There's levity in the timing of props appearing, handed to the actors by the chorus/musicians on stage at all times. Those same chorus members also make up the off-beat friends and session musicians, whose scenes are all played for laughs. The "girl" (Dani de Waal) is downright bubbly and outgoing (complete opposite of Marketa). The "guy" (Stuart Ward) is a little less animated, but still lacks a sense of weariness.  Both fine stage actors, in good voice; it's just I was looking to experience a bit of melancholy and quiet humor.

Once the Musical Set Decor

The set (designer Bob Crowley) definitely fits with what I imagined the feel of the musical to be - the whole show takes place in a rustic little Irish pub, adorned with antique, sepia-toned mirrors, and old wooden chairs. It's especially lovely to be able to see Dani's hands on the piano keys reflected in the largest of the distressed mirrors.

The music, has not changed from the movie soundtrack, a mix of contemporary Irish folk and American singer/songwriter. The music supervisor Martin Lowe: "On the first day of rehearsals I said to the cast, It's not my job to reinvent this music. It's my job to serve it up to the audience in the way that they remember it."

My favorite tunes besides "Falling Slowly" are "When Your Mind's Made Up" an up tempo, raw, almost rock sound. And "Gold", a song I didn't pay much attention to on the soundtrack, but staged it's impressive! All 12 musician/actors are facing the audience playing various instruments with choreography. It's that number in the show which really gives you that Tony Award feeling.

Here's a YouTube link to all the songs from the album. Neither Hansard or Irglová (who I sat behind at the 2012 Tony Awards) worked on the show as it was being developed; however, the director invited them both to do a little tweaking and finessing, once Once was on its feet.

Academy Ballroom - Google Image because I didn't bring my camera
The other unique aspect of this Broadway hit musical comes in the pre-show and intermission, where the audience is allowed to join the musicians on stage for a jam session and order actual beverages from the bar.  I didn't partake of these festivities, as I was invited to the Opening Reception in the Balcony Ballroom of the Academy, where I got to sip complimentary champagne cocktails and enjoyed a repast catered by famed restaurateur (Chef Jose Garces) Garces Catering : charcuterie meats, cheeses and olives and butler'd  hors d'oeuvre of skewered Sea Scallops with Pork Bellies, Mini Provolone Grilled Cheese on buttery, flaky Toast and Lamb Meatballs in a Manchego Cheese sauce.

Whether we're talking movie or musical, Once explores the magic that can happen when someone special enters your life and brings a little joy to your journey, no matter how brief.
Once runs from October 29 - November 10, 2013.  
Followed by FlashDance The Musical (another Big Screen to Broadway adaptation) November 19 - 24, 2013.
***Related Tinsel & Tine Content***

Blog Contrib: Candi's Corner Review of Evil Dead the Musical

Tinsel & Tine (Reel & Dine): Philly Film, Food & Events Blog

Philly Events Calendar

ADD YOUR EVENT for FREE! - which includes SOCIAL MEDIA BLASTS!  Click AGENDA VIEW to see complete list of happenings.

Featured Post


Tinsel & Tine Winners for Preview Screening Contest Guest on The LAMB Podcast Lambcast #470: CAPTAIN MARVEL w/ Rich Kirkh...

Food n Film: BURNT

Food n Film: BURNT
Bradley Cooper has more than charisma, he has an over abundance of Chi, which radiates out from him; so for me, this role as temperamental and damaged chef Adam Jones, who also inspires great love and admiration from those around him, works on the level of characterization. In fact, I think he's among a very short list of actors who would be able to pull off being so self-involved and yet likable. Doesn't hurt that he really speaks French too! READ POST

Food n Film: CHEF

Food n Film: CHEF
Much of the movie centers around the father/son relationship, and how much they learn from each other. But the real star of the film is all the food preparation, every other scene made me groan with want of everything up on that screen! Particularly the perfectly roasted and rubbed brisket, the crispy fat of the pork belly, sizzling bacon and the much ballyhooed Chocolate Lava Cake. READ POST


The key to deciphering both the city it beautifully depicts and the man who eats it best - City of Gold

By Tinsel & Tine Contributor Denine Gorniak (The Bicycle-Chef)

What Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times food critic/writer, has done for food writing journalism and for the restaurants that he loves, the movie, City of Gold has done for Jonathan Gold and Los Angeles and its surrounding environs – it has planted taco covered kisses on them... READ POST

Food n Film: CHOCOLAT

Food n Film: CHOCOLAT
If you’re a foodie movie lover who saw Lasse Hallström’s The Hundred Foot Journey (see T&T post), this summer you may be wondering what delicious visual journey might be awaiting you in the theater next. Well, how about a look back at his film Chocolat (2000), which stars French actress Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench and Johnny Depp. Hallström’s has a special talent for turning cooking into a dramatic movie journey...READ MORE


...young Hassan, a soulful-eyed boy with lush, thick eye lashes, places his face into the sea urchin basket, and breathes in the exotic briny scent. He sticks his fingers into the aquatic ooze, takes it to his mouth and is transfixed by the taste. The vendor, oblivious to the thrusting arms of frenzied women, notices the boy and realizes he is the only one worthy of this oceanic prize; he is the one who can “truly taste.” ... READ MORE

Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA

Food n Film: JULIE & JULIA
Personally, I like the unevenness of it, because I fell in love with the post World War II, Parisian sights, sounds, food and romance between Julia and Paul. I always felt a bit jarred back into reality when the scenes returned to Julie's meltdowns and cramped kitchen.READ POST

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE

Food n Film: EAT PRAY LOVE
Six months into my 38th year of this life, I had my first panic attack. I didn't know that's what it was until months later. Symptom after symptom starting piling up on me until there were days I could no longer move my arms or neck. The doctors told me I was suffering from an auto-immune condition that they felt was most likely Lupus. And so began my much deeper journey and exploration into the world of spirit, alternative medicine, yoga, meditation and Eat, Pray, Love. READ POST


With a film like this, food plays a main character in the story and I was lucky enough to get an interview with the film's Food Stylist, Janine Kalesis.READ POST

Food n Film: WAITRESS

Food n Film: WAITRESS
In this 2007 film, Keri Russell stars as Jenna - a desolate diner waitress seeking solace in the art of pie-making. Trapped in an unhappy marriage, she’s eager to escape her husband and her small-town hell and sets about to make a run for it by entering an out of town pie baking contest. READ POST


Those of us in attendance were not only given the opportunity to see Babette's Feast, the Oscar winning, Danish film, considered one of the all-time great "food films"; we also got to taste Babette's menu! READ POST


I participated in WalkMS Philly on 4/30/16
Thank you to the readers who donated to the cause - It's not too late to support! Click badge below

15 Top Food in Film Flicks

15 Top Food in Film Flicks
Cozy Quilt of Food Movies, we'll add more patches as T &T discovers more films where food plays the biggest "roll"

Tinsel & Tine on

Tinsel & Tine on
Really love this platform, you feature your stuff and other people's stuff you follow, and it all configures like the front page of a newspaper. Click to see what I mean

Visit Our YouTube Channel

Visit Our YouTube Channel
View Q & A's with visiting Filmmakers to Philly

Philly Food and Film

Videographer Oliver Gallini 5 min short featuring organic-chemist-turned-chef, Townsend Wentz, who got his start at The Four Seasons Philadelphia.


Cross Content Blogs


Large Association of Movie Blogs

Tinsel & Tine was nominated for a VBA



group of 10,000 women bloggers dedicated to supporting one another by leaving comments

Women Online

The Blogstress Network

The Blogstress Network
Female Bloggers Unite

Contributor from 2010 - 2012

About This Blog

is about discovering what I find pleasing in screening & eating - in case you missed it, the name is a play on Tinseltown using the Tines of a Fork.

Feel free to send me info on a film or new restaurant you'd like me to highlight.

Will there ever be a cap on movie prices?

Will we one day pay $20 a pop?

Why don't we pay on a scale?

A crap movie like everything Adam Sandler has ever done should cost about $4.50.
Big action movies like"Lord of the Rings", "Iron Man," "Transformers" are worth $10.
Woody Allen movie or something like "Silver Linings Playbook" $6-$7.
A chick flick or light comedy $5.75 and most Indie Films $5.25.

You could even do it by seasons - all summer block busters from May to August - $10
Sept - November 15th $3.50 - $4
Back to $10 for Thanksgiving and Christmas etc...

Or you can do it by A Actors ($9 - $10), B Actors ($6 - $7) TV actors on the big screen ($3.50 - $4)

Surely I'm not the first person to realize this makes sense. Has it been voted on in the Motion Picture Industry and then vetoed? If so, why?

Camera Tips


  © Blogger template On The Road by 2009

Back to TOP