London’s Phoenix Theatre opened it’s doors to invited guests this week, hosting a very special and ‘one-off’ mini-performance to introduce their newest cast members. The musical has gone from strength to strength since its opening in the West End back in March 2013, with the recent news of 6 Olivier award nominations to celebrate (including ‘Best New Musical’) and the welcoming of Doctor Who sensation – Arthur Darvill – into the cast as ‘Guy’ during their first ‘milestone’ cast change.
Based on John Carney’s Grammy-nominated film, ‘Once’ follows the whirlwind love story between an Irish songwriter (‘Guy’ – Arthur Darvill) and a Czech mother (‘Girl’ – Zrinka Cvitešić) whom meet one another at a time when their companionship is most needed. Breaking into a new sphere of musical theatre, the Irish folk-infused score is performed solely by the cast onstage – giving the production a gorgeously organic feel as it tackles the themes of love and friendship.
Following on from its first birthday, the show said farewell to many cast members including the much-loved ‘Guy’ – Declan Bennet – as he traded the guitar for a role in BBC soap ‘Eastenders’. Zrinka Cvitešić – recently Olivier-nominated for ‘Best Actress in a Musical’ – retains her role as ‘Girl’, but admitted in the post-gig Q&A that it has been “tough” to see the cast leave and to “let the guys go from [her] heart”. When asked how it felt to be sharing the stage with a new male lead, Darvill humorously added “I feel like the other man!”. He is no newbie to the role of Guy, having played him on Broadway for 8 months prior to his arrival at the Phoenix. He will be playing him in London until May 10th, 2014.
As can be seen in the exclusive performances of Falling Slowly, If You Want Me, Say It To Me Now and When Your Mind’s Made Up, this musical sets itself aside from the rest by mixing raw, emotive music with wonderfully talented actor-musicians in an alluringly simple story of boy meets girl. A truly beautiful production from start to finish and one not to be missed. Watch the FULL exclusive videos here:
http://youtu.be/kSmTv3mEHz8 – Arthur performing ‘Say It To Me’
http://youtu.be/jkDVtl4xV-Q – Arthur performing ‘When Your Mind’s Made Up’
http://youtu.be/rodhHtSUF8Y – Zrinka performing ‘If You Want Me’
http://youtu.be/joTs69LdILw – Arthur & Zrinka performing ‘Falling Slowly’