Fairy Tales Come True

Once upon a time, there was Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, and together they were the Swell Season, a pair of folk-rockers from Ireland and Czechoslovakiathe Czech Republic and then out of, love. Ironically, the bandmates became enamored while making the 2006 film Once, the story of an Irish and a Czech musician who meet and fall in and out of love over a series of open-mic performances. The movie, which was centered around songs written by the couple, was later adapted to the stage as a musical that took eight Tonys in 2012, including awards for Best Musical, Best Actor and Best Book. Bittersweet real-life stories tend to make beautiful music on stage, and that’s the heart of Once, which comes to the Buell Theatre beginning tonight as part of a Broadway tour. Once opens at 6:30 p.m. at the Buell, in the Denver Performing Arts Complex, and runs daily except Mondays through May 18; for tickets, ranging from $25 to $105, go to denvercenter.org or call 303-893-4100.
Tuesdays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: May 6. Continues through May 18, 2014
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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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