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Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Breathtaking musical ‘Once’ to take to Civic Theatre stage

If you are someone who loves a musical, you don’t want to miss this.

The Darlinghurst Theatre Company is bringing the breathtaking Once to the Civic Theatre for five shows from 8 to 11 September. 

The critically acclaimed production is directed by Richard Carroll with musical direction by Victoria Falconer. 

It will also feature stunning movement sequences created by Hamilton’s resident director Amy Campbell.

Based on John Carney’s movie of the same name, the show follows the love story of heart-broken musician Guy and Czech immigrant named Girl. 

Despite their differences, the pair find a shared passion in making music together. 

It features music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová including Lies, When Your Minds Made Up and Oscar-winning Falling Slowly

When Once opened in Sydney in 2019, it broke box-office records and played to nightly standing ovations and packed houses. 

Now, according to Carroll, it is Newcastle’s turn to fall in love with the story that reminds viewers of the power of music.

Carroll believes the show is one of the most challenging musicals for the artists involved.

“It asks for so much from its actors,” he said.

“Not only do they need to tell this beautiful story every night with truth, passion and humour – they also need to sing the exceptional songs with all of the same qualities, and they are their own band, so every one of them needs to be an exceptional instrumentalist. 

“I was blown away by the capabilities of the cast and creative team we assembled for Once in 2019, and I can’t wait to do it all again for audiences in Newcastle to see.”

The cast includes acclaimed Aussie actor Jay Laga’aia, musical theatre stars Toby Francis and Stefanie Caccamo alongside Victoria Falconer, Drew Livingston, Abe Mitchell, Rupert Reid, Alec Steedman, Tamlyn Henderson, Deirdre Khoo, Patrick Schnur and Jennifer Trijo.

Tickets are on sale now at $70 each with discounts available for Civic Theatre subscribers, concession card holders and children under the age of 17.

Get in quick or you may miss your chance to see the show, go to civictheatrenewcastle.com.au to purchase. 

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