The musical Once, based on the film of the same name, just opened at the New York Theatre Workshop and will transfer to Broadway in March. Hopes are high that this will finally add some drama (and competition for the forthcoming Newsies off its acclaimed run at the Papermill Playhouse) to the Tony season which has seen several shows belly-flop already and some coming in with low expectations (Lysistrata Jones, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Ghost The Musical). The people who love this show LOVE it, but there’s also a substantial body out there who find it goopy cutsie-poo fluff. A lukewarm review from the the New York Times’ major critic took a little of the momentum off the show, but it should still get some nominations attention.
The film produced the Oscar-winning song “Falling Slowly”. Most of the film score remains intact, but may not be eligible for the Best Original Score Tony since that is intended to honor scores written for the theatre. However, the Tony Administration Committee changes the rules at whim and has in the past altered the Score category to honor scores being heard for the first time on a Broadway stage (Gigi in 1974). They may prefer doing that this year to being forced to nominate Frank Wildhorn for his Bonnie & Clyde score.