Through February 24, 2019
‘Once’ at the Beck Center entrances but does not transport.
The Beck Center/Baldwin Wallace Music Theatre Program production of “Once,” is vibrant, and has talent overload. This production rivals the Broadway staging and is much superior to the touring show which was part of the Key Bank Series. It’s the kind of production that you might be tempted to go back and see again! Go. You will enjoy!
There’s a deep sense of melancholy as well as a quiet joy emanating from the Beck Center for the Arts stage now with the musical “Once.”
Audience members are transported to a Dublin bar and its environs for this show, a partnership between Beck Center and the musical theater program at Baldwin Wallace University. With a cast of 16 directed by Victoria Bussert, it’s extraordinary how this talented young ensemble brings to life the world of an Irish and Czech community brought together by music.
To see a full review of this show, read Kerry Clawson's review here.
You simply cannot be made to feel any better than seeing this extraordinary production with its wide range of musical numbers (soft love ballads to rousing dance numbers). The cast is spot on in their acting, singing, musician and dancing skills as they fill the stage with unabashed glee. Feeling under the weather? This is the tonic you need to cure your mid-winter blahs.
Once is a deeply spiritual work though that might not be obvious from its completely secular environment (a Dublin street, a bar, a vacuum repair shop, a hillside). We see love, charity and hope manifested in this tender story that never descends to sentimentality (or religiosity for that matter).
To see a full review of this show, read Laura's posts at Cool Cleveland.