Once — new musical with BTG



Colonial Theatre (111 South St., Pittsfield, MA 01201, Pittsfield MA)

Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Book of a Musical, Once tells the story of a guy who gave up on love and music and the girl who inspired him to dream again.

On the streets of Dublin, an Irish musician and a Czech immigrant are drawn together by their shared love of music. “Guy” is a singer and songwriter who spends his days fixing vacuums in the Dublin shop he runs with his father and his nights playing his music in local pubs.

He is on the verge of giving up music altogether when “Girl,” walks into the bar, hears him play and refuses to let him abandon his guitar. Over the course of one fateful week, an unexpected friendship and collaboration quickly evolve into a powerful but complicated love story.

With all of the magical songs from the critically acclaimed film, including the Oscar-winning “Falling Slowly,” this is the only show to have music that won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Olivier Award and a Tony Award. Achingly beautiful, joyously uplifting, it strikes an unforgettable chord in audiences and speaks to the power of music to connect us all. A show like that only comes around Once.

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Proof of COVID-19 vaccination with ID is required for this performance, BTG says, and masks are encouraged but no longer required in their venues.

The play is based on based upon the motion picture written and directed by John Carney, with music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová and book by Enda Walsh, and directed by Gregg Edelman with musical direction by Andy Taylor and movement direction by Isadora Wolfe.

Previews — July 1 and 2 at 7 p.m.
Opening/Press Performance — July 3 at 2 p.m.
Talk Back — July 5 at 7 p.m.
Sensory Friendly Performance — July 12 at 7 p.m.
Closing — July 16 at 7 p.m.