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#301 David J

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 07:02 PM

I am glad I am not the only one on this PN2. Now I like this musical more since I last commented having listened to the CD, but I still think you loose the magic sitting in a row like L in the stalls. A smaller theatre or a better sound system is needed.
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#302 stewart

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Posted 12 May 2013 - 07:14 PM

View PostPharaoh, on 12 May 2013 - 06:22 PM, said:

I was in exactly the same seat as you, craftymiss, and was thinking the exact opposite! I didn't want to be any further back. In fact, I think the Phoenix is the wrong house for it. Too big. Would love to see it in a small fringe venue, or somewhere like the Donmar. The emotional impact then would be even more intensified.

That's really interesting, I actually felt like the Phoenix was really well suited to the show. I didn't think it felt too big, although I do agree the show would be amazing in a venue like the Donmar. And couldn't agree more with your earlier comments about the show. At the end of it, there were tears. Lots of them. I saw the original Broadway cast, and while still fantastic, it feels like this company is connecting to the show in a much deeper way. Performances across the board are pretty sublime in my opinion.

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Posted 15 May 2013 - 12:25 AM

A masterclass in story telling would be my basic summary of Once. Great to see a musical which doesn't pretend to be anything bigger than it is than a simple love story with unexpected, entirely natural turns. As stewart said above, performances were sublime across the board. I found myself fully realising the environments the play took us to, or at least until someone received a phone call or decided to look at their phones (four times in Act One, I counted).

It's terribly easy to fully believe Declan Bennett's Guy, every bit the passionate composer. I saw Phoebe Fildes as Girl, wouldn't ever have guessed this is her professional debut production - fully at ease here.  I went on Monday and thoroughly enjoyed myself, although I fully expect Once to be the type of show which a return visit would make me fall for it so much more. The second half seemed to lose its way with me briefly, think I became distracted for a few minutes.

Biggest flaw would be the sound system, I lost a lot of lyrics at the side of the dress circle. However the instruments carried into the audience beautifully and I realise how difficult mixing a production like this can be. That said, I've had Failing Slowly in my head most of today, so it must have done something well!

Next time, I aim to sit in the stalls. Up close I suspect this will be even more magical.

#304 Priscilla's heel

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Posted 19 May 2013 - 07:17 PM

I agree with all of the positive reviews on here. Finally saw the show this weekend and can only say wow! Sat in the front stalls - in my opinion, the best place to sit as it was such an intimate show. All the performances were faultless, Declan Bennett (who I've been a fan of for years and always loved the emotion he puts into every song) and Zrinka Cvitesic were just perfect in their roles.

I loved that you could go on the stage to the bar pre show (and get a Once plastic tumbler to keep as a memento :-) ).

I hadn't realised that Josh Groban sings a version of Falling Slowly on his recent album - the reprise of this was sung beautifully in the show.

I laughed, I cried and I want to go again.

#305 MS1995

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 04:19 PM

According to Westendproducer on twitter, Once London is getting a Cast Recording! :D
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#306 Priscilla's heel

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 05:39 PM

Aww that is great news!

#307 greeny11

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 07:55 PM

He said they're hoping to do one, meaning that the cast are hoping to do one, but nothing's confirmed as yet.

#308 ABowlerHat

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Posted 20 May 2013 - 09:51 PM

What's the point? It's exactly the same as the Broadway show.

#309 Sam4God

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 12:00 AM

Yes, I was at the Q&A today and it's only a hope. Not confirmed yet. I really hope it happens, though!
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Posted 21 May 2013 - 02:02 AM

While we are on the subject of recordings.. I found this seeming "lullaby" version of Falling Slowly for piano a couple of minutes ago.

http://open.spotify....WC04o62xrP6U7Dn

Talk about being raw and powerful..




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