ONCE

One of the very best things to do in New York City is to watch a Broadway show. NYC’s theatre district is the mecca of everything and anything Broadway. And once you find someone who loves Broadway as much as you do, hold on to that someone. Because not everyone will love it. 2 hours and a half of pricey musicals may not sound interesting to other people, others find it a bore even. I’m just glad that my sister Van is a fan, but she lives in Washington so we don’t watch it together. She just saw the Pacific Northwest production of the classic, Les’ Miserables and she absolutely loved it. I know, i’m jealous. Here in NY, me  and my GBF (gay best friend) Richard, are big fans of Broadway musicals. There is something so thrilling to see it live, the feel of the theatre and just the magic that’s happening right before your eyes. Yes, it’s pricey but hey, that’s what TKS is for!

Richard and I have made a mid year resolution to watch a broadway musical every month. We’ve made a list of which shows to watch first and so we originally chose Rock of Ages or Jersey Boys, then Book of Mormon and Once. But upon watching the coverage of 2012 Tony Awards, we were just so intrigued with the new musical, Once. It’s based on the Academy Award-winning film, about the story of an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant drawn together by their shared love of music. Over the course of one fateful week, their unexpected friendship and collaboration evolves into a powerful but complicated romance, heightened by the raw emotion of the songs they create together. So basically, Once was now our priority. And yesterday, we saw it live on broadway. WOW.

It was absolutely one of the most beautiful musicals I have ever seen and will ever see in this lifetime. It was romantic and beautiful in every sense of the word. The music is just authentic, raw and full of emotion. It is heartfelt and deeply moving. One can’t help but be enthralled. It’s a profound love story. Falling Slowly, their main track won an Oscar for best original song, it’s written by Glen Hansard ( who is an awesome musician ), and Marketa Irglova. Both also starred in the movie. Hearing it live on broadway was just pure joy!

The cast of the musical is relatively small, but each shine in their portrayals. Steve Kazee and Cristin Milioti are a compelling pair. These two actors are beyond talented. Both were nominated for a Tony, with Steve wining it for best actor in a leading role in a musical, which he so deserved. I’m geeking out about this for 3 weeks now, the soundtrack has been on repeat as well. And much to my horror, I have yet to see the movie. But for now, I still have  a hangover from this intensely real and incredibly beautiful musical. I had goosebumps for the most part of the show, it was that surreal. This is why I love Broadway, it’s pure exhilaration and ecstasy!

the playbill, so thrilled!

LOVE

Will watch it again!

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