The State Theater presents well-known play, Once

By: Morgan-Rae Ciani

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. Jan. 27 – The State Theatre located on Livingston Avenue in New Brunswick is presenting “An intoxicating romantic gem that you will want to see again” (San Jose Mercury News). Beginning Thursday, February 4th and running until Saturday, February 6th the musical “Once” will be performed at the theater.

This musical is based on the 2007 Academy Award-winning film of the same name which was written and directed by John Carney, and starred Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, with original music and lyrics by Mr. Hansard and Ms. Irglová. Kelly Blithe, the Director of Communications at the State Theatre, said “The musical stays true to the movie and at the same time presents a truly unique presentation of the story. The musical features an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage and the set is structured to look and feel like an Irish pub.” According to The State Theater’s webpage,, this performance is about a Dublin street musician who is close to giving up all his hopes and dreams until he meets a young woman who admires his “haunting love songs”.

Ms. Blithe said that the State Theater jumped at the idea of presenting this performance when it was presented to them; “Once is a crowd-pleasing, award-winning show, and it has never been presented at the State Theatre so when the opportunity was give to us, we went for it.” She also excitedly commented that the performance is going to be set up exactly as it was when it played on Broadway. There will be a pre-show bar on stage where audience members can go up and actually buy a drink or two, and even some of the actors will be set up playing music for the crowd.

The Broadway version of Once won many awards including: eight Tony Awards, the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, and was also named the Best Musical by the New York Drama Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle, and Lucille Lortel Awards.