THREE OF THE BIGGEST IRISH MUSICALS
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.
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