Sunday, June 24th & Sunday, July 1st: ‘Once’

Symphony Space (2537 Broadway, Manhattan)
$8 in advance, $14.50 at the door

This award-wining 2006 film is a modern-day Irish love story set in Dublin. Featuring Glen Hansard and his band The Frames, and Markéta Irglová, the musical tells the story of a street musician and a Czech immigrant during an eventful week as they write, rehearse and record songs that reveal their unique love story. Showing that great things can result from projects with low budgets, the song “Falling Slowly” received a 2007 Academy Award for Best Original Song, and the soundtrack as a whole — composed and performed by Hansard and Irglová — received a Grammy nomination. The stage adaptation premiered at the New York Theater Workshop in 2011 and then transferred to Broadway earlier this year, where it has already won the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical. Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert gave the film his Special Jury Prize, calling it “magical from beginning to end.”

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