I’ll start by saying that I play a lot of traditional music, Celtic included. And to be able to see that music transcend the norm and face Broadway was extremely eye-opening. Of course, the music was not technically “traditional,” but the emotions and intent of traditional music were shining through, and the culture was there. Once was, without a doubt, one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. The actors were not pretending to feel, they were feeling. When the characters were sad, the actors were sad, when the characters were in love, the actors were, and it was a level of theater that I’ve hardly ever seen. The choreography was beautiful and entrancing, drawing in the eye like a beautiful web, and the male lead had one of the best, most interesting voices I’ve ever heard.
This show did an amazing job of connecting with the audience and really placing the scenes. The actors did a fabulous job of being present in the moment and it was obvious that they were deeply connected to the show. If I ever have an opportunity to see it again, I will have to take it.