Once (Chicago)

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights...

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Fan Reviews

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Tina1917
I am still humming the songs and would love to see this again. Only problem was it was difficult to understand the female lead's dialogue. (Called Girl in the play). I was surprised the theater was not full on a Friday evening considering how many Tony awards it received. If it returns do see it.
Oriental Theatre Chicago - Chicago, IL - Wed, Oct 9, 2013
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Norskegirl
When you enter the theater, you see that the stage is set as an Irish pub. You can go on the stage and order a drink and listen to the musicians playing. These musicians are also the actors and when the show is about to start, people return to their seats and the lead actor comes out to join the group, and the story begins. It's a wonderful story and the music is great! A little different than the movie, but definitely better.
Oriental Theatre Chicago - Chicago, IL - Wed, Oct 9, 2013
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
ronab6363
We loved the production of Once we saw in Chicago at the Oriental. The voices and instruments were superb. It was fun to go on stage before and at intermission--some soft drinks besides water would have been nice. The seamless transportation from flat to flat, from shop to music studio to restaurant and club were made part of the story with the underscored movement of furniture and props. It flowed so beautifully. The blocking/choreography was also fantastic, with the actors filling the whole stage and different parts of the stage at any given moment. The unresolved ending always leaves me wanting.
Oriental Theatre Chicago - Chicago, IL - Wed, Oct 9, 2013
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LexiRachel
When I walked to me seat seat, I saw that the audience was invited on to the stage. We were allowed to walk around the set, and they were serving wine from the bar. Then, musicians appeared and began to play. We were part of the show. We were invited into their Dublin bar. The several songs played by the band and sung by various cast members were terrific, and that was before the show proper even began. Once is a touching story of a woman who helps a man though a bad time in his life and leads him to realize his potential for really no reason at all. It's simple, and probably not very realistic, but it was played well and left me in the Dubin bar for several hours after it was over. That's my measure of a good show. The only fault I had with it was that several good songs from the movie had been replaced by lesser songs. Falling Slowly was there, and played beautifully.
Oriental Theatre Chicago - Chicago, IL - Wed, Oct 9, 2013
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PlayBabe
The music was beautiful and unexpectedly pleased to find it rather funny at many times. .
Oriental Theatre Chicago - Chicago, IL - Wed, Oct 9, 2013
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RoxieAnn
Great show the music, actors, and the whole experience was well worth it. Would go again. Get there early and enjoy the pre-show.
Oriental Theatre Chicago - Chicago, IL - Wed, Oct 9, 2013
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MsPrez
I was mesmerized from the very beginning when the actors come on stage to sing Irish folk songs while I was on the stage drinking my wine I just purchased from the bar on stage. The music is powerful and moving. From beginning to end I was completely taken into the emotion and struggle of lost love, a broken heart and the hope of new love. Simply a beautiful production. I would recommend that the sound engineers improve the clarity of projecting the actors voices both musically and normal. At times it was a bit muddled.
Oriental Theatre Chicago - Chicago, IL - Wed, Oct 9, 2013
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Anonymous
The show was great! very emotional driven, great character development and relationships. Funny and dramatic.
Oriental Theatre Chicago - Chicago, IL - Wed, Oct 9, 2013
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Anonymous
What a great performance! Wonderful set and theatre cast! Loved it!!!
Oriental Theatre Chicago - Chicago, IL - Wed, Oct 9, 2013
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Anonymous
I frequently attend Broadway in Chicago musicals. This is by far the BEST I have ever seen. It is in Chicago for such a short time but I am hoping to go again. If you have orchestra seats be sure to arrive early to visit the onstage pub. Stick around while there to be onstage for the start of the show. It was great fun. Be sure to take tissues. You'll need them, especially during "Falling Slowly".
Oriental Theatre Chicago - Chicago, IL - Wed, Oct 9, 2013
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JGVT
Tricky but well liked start when the cast came out and just began singing and playing on stage with guests still on the stage participating in libations and talk from the stage bar. Once those guest came off the stage and took their seats the house lights dimmed and the actual play began. The music and lyrics were great, each actor being able to play a variety of instruments. The story line was easy to follow and well acted by both characters. My only questions was in the play bill it identifies guys girlfriend but during the play I at least couldn't or didn't recognize her if she was identified. I would have liked guy to stay in Dublin with girl, but then again maybe there is a sequel in the works?
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Sun, Jun 7, 2015
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Iceman565
Irish pub setting. Live musicians playing guitars, mandolins, pianos, accordians and many other instruments. Sounds like a dream, but it ended up sounding like a Bon Iver album and I am not a fan of sappy pop music. I also didn't care about the love story. They knew each other for like ten days and we were supposed to believe that they were soul mates? I just didn't buy it. If Once was a stock...don't buy!
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Sun, Jun 7, 2015
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Stats3599
It was OK. I would rather have seen a few other events instead. I went very open-minded and really tried to like the show but just never got into the Music or the performers.so for me ONCE was ENOUGH!
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Sun, Jun 7, 2015
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Shadow7711
I thought the sound was not very good. I purchased good seats for top dollar and could not hear the voices or the music that well. I did not enjoy the performance for this reason. I had seen the movie a few year back and would rate it in my top 10. The Play is not in my top 100 plays
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Sun, Jun 7, 2015
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Anonymous
I had seen the movie, loved the music and was delighted with the performance. I have already recommended the play to many people. The talent was supurb.
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Sun, Jun 7, 2015
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Anonymous
My husband and I saw Once in New York a few months ago, and were so excited to find out it was coming to Chicago to see it again. This show is such a huge diversion from the normal broadway show, and well worth the time and money to see it. Get there early, there is music ahead of time and the opportunity to go up on stage with the musicians and enjoy a drink at the bar!
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Sun, Jun 7, 2015
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Katwoman33
The performances and story are great. You laugh, you cry. What more can you ask for?
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Sun, Jun 7, 2015
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ChicagoBeth
I loved the movie, and Glen & Marketa. Love the play even more! I've seen it twice in New York with the original cast. This touring troop is just as good! All the songs that I love get the full treatment. The movement and lighting effects are superb.
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Sun, Jun 7, 2015
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Anonymous
The story was touching! I enjoyed this show a lot.
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Sun, Jun 7, 2015
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hannahnabbysdad
Saw it on the last day of the Chicago run and must say found it extremely moving and so well done. Touching, funny, and with beautiful music. The tix we chose thru Ticketmaster's choose you own seat feature were perfect for the price and were a great view. Another great Chicago theater experience
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Sun, Jun 7, 2015
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
musicallover101
Almost cried during "Falling Slowly". I think it's better than the movie or the broadway soundtrack on amazon.
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Sat, Jun 6, 2015
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
farnwsuburbanite
Brought my 5 yo son..was hoping it would be family friendly....used the F word umpteen times....not family friendly. It would have been great if they had omitted the swearing.
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Sat, Jun 6, 2015
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jecats
Once was amazing. I was enthralled throughout the entire show. The music was wonderful, the voices and musical talent were out of this world. My companion had seen the show 2 years ago in New York, and she said the Chicago cast was better than the New York cast.
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Sat, Jun 6, 2015
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Roy321
Once in a while, a play grabs your heart and soars. Such was Once. Plus the theater is such a grand showcase!
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Sat, Jun 6, 2015
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Anonymous
Surprised there were not more people there. Show was very good. Music and musicians were excellent. Story line very good. Words on side were very helpful
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Sat, Jun 6, 2015
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Anonymous
Loved the play! I even took a chance and brought my 12 year old son along. He enjoyed the music and all of the humor in the play. Not so much the love story part of it but that is to be expected for his age. I thought the music was wonderful and was really glad we went.
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Sat, Jun 6, 2015
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ElderJ
I was a big fan of the film, so my expectations were high going in. They clearly surpassed them, creating a beautiful stage piece with minimal sets and a focus on character and music. The openness in which the show started was great, where they allowed audience members on stage as the actors opened with some musical numbers. The two lead actors had clear chemistry, and the supporting cast, which was minimal in the film, was distinct and strayed from any caricatures. I am stunned that the Broadway version has closed, as this is one of the best musicals I've seen.
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Sat, Jun 6, 2015
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Darrellynn
Once was really great!!! The music was fantastic! The only thing I can say about the theatre itself was there were not enough bar staff. The line was way to long before the play or during intermission to get a beverage. 1 person for the whole theatre!
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Sat, Jun 6, 2015
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Loopo
I enjoyed the singing, dancing and acting so much. I do feel the sound wasn't quit as clear as it should have been. I believe some of the quick one line answer which were humorous were missed. I would love to see the performance again. Our audience loved it.
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Sat, Jun 6, 2015
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Carroll1229
I was amazed at the amount of talent on that stage. They never get a break as they sit there the whole time, have to play multiple instruments, sing, dance, etc. Fantastic. Music was great. Cast was solid as they have obviously done it a while. Great Ensemble. Would see it again.
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Sat, Jun 6, 2015
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LL1313
While I found the on stage musicians very talented, the story line was weak. I hoped there would be more dancing, and a stronger plot. It was nice to have the musicians play before the show began, but I did not understand who was invited on stage.
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Fri, Jun 5, 2015
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
TonyG2
Fun from the moment you enter the theater! Allowing audeince on stage pre show and at intermission was great, as was the added stage bar.
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Fri, Jun 5, 2015
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Anonymous
Best Musical since last year! Strongly recommended!
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Fri, Jun 5, 2015
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
clubwife
I loved the show. The music was great and I really liked that the actors were also the musicians. It was different than anything else I have seen. If you get a chance to see it - don't miss it.
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Fri, Jun 5, 2015
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Hlou
Took my 22 year old and 16 year old---they loved it as did I. Perfectly cast and music was beautiful. Will take my husband next time Once comes back!
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Fri, Jun 5, 2015
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
GoBlueGoWings
Saw ONCE in at Cadillac Theatre in Chicago on Saturday night (6.6.15) Stuart Ward was on break so Ryan Link played/sang the role of Guy. Link "played massive" and having seen Nolan on Broadway, Keating in London and Ward at a prior tour stop, I can unequivocally say that Link delivered an honest, soulful performance without missing a beat. Dani de Waal continues to impress as Girl. Evan Harrington as Billy is brilliant. Alex Nee as Andrej and Matt DeAngelis as Svec are genuine and impressive. Heartily recommend seeing this show more than ONCE!
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Fri, Jun 5, 2015
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johnnykool
Very enjoyable, from beginning to end!! Quite realistic, as well, right down to brogues and colloquialisms.
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Fri, Jun 5, 2015
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Sparrow5033
Saw Once last Saturday. Was very excited to hear the Irish music and to see a story with Irish characters. Music was great! Acting for the most part was very good. Some very funny (as in HaHa) dialog, but the story had a rather abrupt ending and kind of left you hanging. Play was just under 2 1/2 hours inclusive of the break, which seemed kind of short. I did like the way the same backdrop was used to change scenery with just some changes of furniture or actor position changes. I would not go see it again, but I did love some of the characters and as mentioned above, I loved the music. PS- way too much use of the F word. Did not expect it out of some of the characters. Seemed to be added for no reason to others. Disappointed in this.
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Fri, Jun 5, 2015
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Sherby33
I wasn't sure what to expect from Once, only having heard the song "Falling Slowly." I was blown away! The musical was unique and captivating and I did not look at my watch Once. I would highly recommend Once to anyone.
Cadillac Palace - Chicago, IL - Fri, Jun 5, 2015
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