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ONCE is a story about a guy and a girl who connect through music. The audience can connect with the story as it is real, touches us with its humanity, and is enlivened by wonderful singing, highly skilful musicians and warm and soulful songs.

The show is based on Ken Carney’s 2007 Irish film of the same name and features the music from the film plus a couple of additional songs by the original songwriters, Markéta Irglová and Glen Hansard.

Set in Dublin, Ireland, the play starts with heartbroken Guy busking and meeting a Czech immigrant, Girl, who takes him to a piano shop where she is allowed to play piano. Guy and Girl sing and play his songs together in the piano shop. Girl feels he should use his songs to win back the girlfriend who abandoned him and went to New York. This leads to Guy meeting other members of the Czech community and regaining his interest in music. The story plays out from there with humour, passion and lots of energy.

The singing and playing of lead actors Stefanie Caccamo and Toby Francis is impressive as are the performances of the whole cast. A variety of instruments are seamlessly woven into the story. The cast play numerous guitars, fiddles, piano accordions, a cello, a piano, a mandolin plus a few percussion instruments.

Slick choreography from movement director Amy Campbell adds to the performance.

For those that are generally repulsed by musicals you can be assured this is unlike a typical over-produced musical in the vein of a Disney or Andrew Lloyd Webber vehicle.

This is a story about the transcendent power of love, the intrinsic power of community and how the joyfulness and emotion of music has its own special potency, and it is backed by music on acoustic instruments, sensitively amplified, that gives it a lovely warmth and immediacy.

Director Richard Carroll is to be congratulated on his work with the fabulous cast. The talented cast that tells this intense story also sing the songs and are the musicians playing the score. They are Toby Francis, Stefanie Caccamo, Ruby Clark, Deirdre Khoo, Pavan Kumar Hari, Jay Laga’aia, Drew Livingston, Abe Mitchell, Emma Price, Rubert Reid, Patrick Schnur and Alec Steedman.

The rest of the crew is to be congratulated including musical director, Victoria Falconer, production designer Hugh O’Connor, lighting designer Peter Rubie and sound designer Dylan Robinson.

A Dralinghurst Theatre Company production, ONCE is at the Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst until 31st July and is highly recommended.


Universal Theatrical Group, Working Title Films, Greene Light Stage, Michael Coppel and Louise Withers Presents are delighted to announce that tickets for the Sydney season of Billy Elliot the Musical are now on sale at billyelliotthemusical.com.au

This 10th Anniversary Australian Tour will premiere at Sydney Lyric Theatre from October 10 followed by seasons in Melbourne at the Regent Theatre from February 2020, Crown Theatre Perth from June 2020, QPAC’s Lyric Theatre inBrisbane from July 2020 and the Festival Theatre at Adelaide Festival Centre from September 2020.

Featuring music by the legendary Elton John, book and lyrics by Lee Hall, choreography by Peter Darling and direction by Stephen Daldry, Billy Elliot the Musical has been seen by over 12 million people worldwide.  Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, it is the recipient of 85 awards internationally, including 10 Tony Awards, 5 Olivier Awards and 8 Helpmann Awards.

Starring as the tough but supportive ballet teacher Mrs Wilkinson will be Kelley Abbey, one of Australia’s most accomplished performers, internationally renowned choreographer and award-winning creative director.Kelley began her career in the long running TV series E Street before starring on stage in productions including Sweet Charity, Grease the Arena Spectacular and Fame the Musical. Her incredible choreography earnt her a Helpmann Award forThe Boy from Oz Arena Spectacular as she has proved to be one our country’s most creative and innovative doyens of dance and live performance. It is only fitting that she now steps into the shoes of Mrs Wilkinson to guide Billy through his unique dance journey. Continue reading TICKETS GO ON SALE TODAY FOR BILLY ELLIOTT THE MUSICAL