Screen to Stage: Movie into Musical Success Stories

By Benjamin Solomon
16 Aug 2013

Cristin Milioti and Steve Kazee in Once.
Photo by Joan Marcus

Once (2012)

Though the film "Once" was adored by critics on release, its effect did more to advance the career of its star, musician Glen Hansard and his song "Falling Slowly" than the Irish film's writer/director John Carney, and "Once" was mostly forgotten save for a small community of theatre fans — the same fans who would eventually come to love the intimate film musical more in its new life on Broadway. The stage musical version of Once, which retains much of Hansard's songs but made innovative choices about its staging and orchestration, went on to win eight Tony Awards in 2012, including Best Musical, and recently opened in London and launched a US tour.