Oscar-Winning Musical Once Heading to Broadway

Oscar-Winning Musical <i>Once</i> Heading to Broadway
It appears Once is going from the Oscars to Broadway. The indie flick that took home 2007’s Academy Award for best original song is set to become a Broadway musical, according to media reports, with Tony-winning producers John N. Hart Jr., Jeff Sine and Fred Zollo acquiring the live theatre rights.

The Once musical, which is to debut during the 2010 - 11 season, is expected to loosely follow the film’s plot, which tells the story of an Irish busker and Czech expat who meet in Dublin and begin writing music together. The stage adaptation will showcase some the film’s most beloved songs, such as the Oscar-winning "Falling Slowly,” which were written by principal actors and songwriters Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova of the Swell Season. Also, the Broadway version is to dig into the material Hansard and Irglova wrote that ended up on the cutting room floor rather than on the big screen.

While talking to Paste earlier this year, Hansard said of the film’s success: "The whole life and trajectory of this film has been incredibly fortunate and sort of crazy luck, as well as the fact that I think we made something that was just very, very simple. It had a certain amount of believability, and people really liked the music, thank God. So I’m over the moon, and we’re all over the moon, but we had no real expectations with all this."

There is no word yet on who be cast for the Once musical, but the producers are expected to announce that shortly.

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova "Falling Slowly”