Around Austin: Once – Now Playing at the Bass Concert Hall


Once

I’ve always been a fan of the “musical” as an artform.

I grew up watching “The Sound of Music” and “Bye Bye Birdie” over and over and over and over (and over) again.

I can still, to this day, recite every single line of “Little Shop of Horrors,” verbatim… and I once almost got kicked out of a Broadway production of it for singing along.

Musicals are one of the reasons I got into theater camp when I was 9.

My first time acting on stage was in a children’s production of The Wiz. It was followed by The Music Man; Oklahoma; Lil Abner; The Sound of Music; Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Grease; and Oliver.

If it wasn’t for the fact that I can’t sing worth a dime, I’m pretty sure I would have stopped at nothing to end up on a Broadway stage or die trying.

Luckily (only for me), not being able to sing has never stopped me from belting out 525,600 Minutes in my car or shower.

Still, even as an adult; I catch myself smiling uncontrollably when watching Moulin Rouge or Into the Woods.

It’s the only time I feel I can really let go of reality and completly lose myself in a world where music is the main for of communicating thoughts and feelings. I mean, can you imagine how amazing life would be if that was real life?

Anyway, last night I got a chance to see the Broadway version of “Once” live at the Bass Concert Hall.


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If you do not know what I’m speaking of, listen to this song.


More importantly, go out and see this movie right now. RIGHT NOW.


Oh my goodness. I cannot even put into words how happy this experience made me.

For any of you who have seen the movie and loved it, the live show was even better.

I really enjoyed the movie for it’s simplicity and for the way it made my heart ache. The stage version added just enough movement and production to make it even more interesting, while still managing to stay true to the simplicity of the story portrayed in the movie.


I could go on all day about how handsome the lead actor, Stuart Ward is; or how I am seriously thinking about putting a recording of him singing in my pillow so that he can cuddle me to sleep every night.

I mean… Just kidding.

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In short, if you or your significant other love musicals, love, heartache, singing, live music, or pleasurable experiences in general, you should go see this for yourself.

It’s showing here in Austin tonight through March 3rd and tickets are available at the Bass Performance Hall Website!

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