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  Once at Cadillac Palace Theatre


Cadillac Palace Theatre
151 W. Randolph Chicago

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams... not living in fear... and the power of music to connect all of us.

Thru - Jun 7, 2015

Price: $30-$95

Show Type: Musical

Running Time: 2hrs, 30mins; one intermission

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  Once Reviews
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Chicago Tribune - Highly Recommended

"...The burly and otherwise taciturn gent in the seat next to me at the Cadillac Palace Theatre on Wednesday night was wiping away tears half the night at the musical "Once," which has returned to Chicago on tour for a single-week reprise. In the row in front, a gay couple were subtly canoodling. And in the row behind, a man and a woman kept vocalizing their collective emotions somewhere close to my left ear. "Once," the evidence would suggest, brings people closer together. It must be the focus on the heart."
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Chris Jones

Chicago Sun Times - Highly Recommended

"...This is a show that makes you lean in and listen rather than sit up and applaud the razzle-dazzle. It's a gem, and in many ways it triumphs because it defies all the usual expectations of Broadway. And while some might come to it with memories of the enchanting film that was its inspiration, those with no previous knowledge of the story are certain to be enchanted for the first time."
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Hedy Weiss

ChicagoCritic - Highly Recommended

"...Once is a rare musical which through a slightly stylized story, highly creative presentation, and memorable, beautiful music, creates a genuinely empathetic experience. Northwestern alum Alex Nee will be a star, and I'm confident under this direction that Ryan Link will be just as good. Dani de Waal matches her counterpart in singing and charisma, and the rest of the cast play their instruments under the captaincy of John Steven Gardner with attentiveness and love for the show. This is a wonderful theatrical experience, and I'm glad Broadway and Broadway in Chicago producers recognized it, and audiences have flocked to it."
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Jacob Davis

Around The Town Chicago - Highly Recommended

"...I don’t know if it is the aging process I am going through or the move of the current production of “Once” to the Cadillac Palace Theatre, but, I found this production to be even lovelier than the first time around. It is pretty much the same cast, once again on the road with a few changes here and there."
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Alan Bresloff

Chicagoland Theater Reviews - Highly Recommended

"...Chicago audiences have now been allowed two surprisingly brief glimpses of a show that has hit written all over it. We got three weeks in 2013 and a single week now. This is a show with a reputation, notably a award-laden 1,167 performance run on Broadway. The opening night audience, dominated by groups of young women, was large and appreciative. "Once" can't be artistically ghettoized as a chick musical, but obviously the show does connect with females, though males need not be apprehensive. The pleasures of "Once" transcend gender stereotypes. Come back soon, and stay longer."

Dan Zeff

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