In 2007, the Academy Award for Best Original Song went to "Falling Slowly" written by Glen Hansard and Mrketa Irglova. That song was in the indie film "Once" which was an Irish produced film written by John Carney that did very well at the box office here in the U.S. The film will be shown tonight on Channel 13's movie series, Reel. It will be shown as the Indie film selection and it is a perfect selection with it being Oscar weekend. The movie is due to start somewhere around 10:30 - 10:45 p.m. so it is best to check local listings for more information.
"Once" went on to become an Off-Broadway hit that was so successful, it quickly moved onto Broadway last spring. "Once: The Musical" went on to win the 2012 Tony Award for Best Musical, a Tony for Best Actor in a Musical for leading man Steve Kazee, and the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Like the movie, the Broadway show tells the story of "Guy" and Girl" as they are called and how they develop music as an expression of their love. The setting is based in an Irish Pub which literally is open for audience business before the show and during intermission. The music is supplied by a band that is onstage the entire show and who also play various parts in the show.
The storyline, setting, and casting are unique and that alone would have made this show become one to go to see. But what has really has propelled it into one of the hottest and hardest tickets to get is the music. "Falling Softly" is the anchor song of the show. However, there are some equally exquisite songs such as "Gold" and "Sleeping" that will come to you in a soft manner and yet they will stay with you long after you leave the theater.
The movie has "Falling Softly" and "Gold" and other songs that are in the show, but it also contains songs that are unique to the film. Take a look tonight and see how a Broadway hit began.