THREE OF THE BIG­GEST IR­ISH MU­SI­CALS

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ONCE: Mu­si­cals have an in­built cheese fac­tor that comes with char­ac­ters sud­denly burst­ing into song. Some mod­ern ef­forts, like Lars Von Trier’s Dancer In The Dark, have at­tempted to cir­cum­vent this, by fold­ing the mu­sic into the am­bi­ent noise the char­ac­ters hear. Oth­ers, like Alan Parker’s Evita, have been ‘sung through’ with no spo­ken di­a­logue. Once, both in the source film and then on­stage, had an even more or­ganic ap­proach; it told the story of a pair of love­struck mu­si­cians whose bursts of song were more than plau­si­ble, given their roles in the story — at times the cast of the show serves as their own orches­tra. The show (with the book writ­ten by Enda Walsh) opened on Broad­way in 2012, won a slew of Tony awards and is with­out doubt the most suc­cess­ful Ir­ish mu­si­cal ever.

THE PI­RATE QUEEN: On Broad­way there are no guar­an­tees and even the might­i­est of show­biz rep­u­ta­tions have been sav­aged by its dif­fi­cult-to-please crit­ics. John Mc­col­gan and Moya

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