Before the onslaught of the holiday shows hits the theater scene in Charlotte, make plans to head to the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center to see Once. Once is the work of Tony Ward wining John Tiffany and Steven Hoggett. This unique Broadway experience will challenge what you know about live theater and leave you with a smile on your face and a song on your lips.
About the Show
Once tells the story of a heartbroken musician who is ready to give up music because his girlfriend, and inspiration, has left him. He sings what he believes will be his last song, when a talented young female musician hears him and convinces him not to give up. Over the course of the musical, the two create a band, get financial backing and launch a musical career, all while finding a deep connection with each other over music. With a twist ending that you would not see coming, Once is not your typical Broadway story, and because of this it has captivated many people since its opening performance.
One of the things that sets Once apart is its lack of an orchestra. Rather than an orchestra below the stage that you cannot see, Once uses the musical talents of the actors to provide the score for the show. The characters play stringed instruments and piano on stage while they sing.
The musical has been received well by critics. It won eight Tony Awards in 2012, including the award for Best Musical. If you want to see a truly unique Broadway show, then this is the one to experience. Once runs from September 30 through October 5.
About the Venue
The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is one of the gems of the Charlotte theater and arts scene. Home to the Charlotte Symphony and the North Carolina Dance Theatre, it is a year-round venue with live performances of all types. You can also explore the Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film on the grounds of the theater. The Center houses three separate theaters, the Stage Door Theater, Booth Playhouse and Belk Theater. Once will be performed at the Belk Theater. Parking, if you choose to drive to the theater, is available for just $5 at the Bank of America Center Parking Garage.
Great live theater is just one of the benefits of life in Charlotte’s Catalyst apartments. Add a great dining and nightlife scene, excellent shopping and the beauty of city views outside your apartment, and you have the recipe for a lifestyle that is never boring.