In 2007, a little indie musical called Once hit a small selection of movie theaters. By March 2012, Once — after one Academy Award for Best Original Song — had grown enough to inspire a Broadway musical. While the show held to the film’s instrument-heavy, folky, DIY vibe, it was a giant production that ended up winning winning eight Tony Awards. In January 2015, after 1,167 regular performances and 22 preview shows, Once will close its doors.
“With Once having just opened in Melbourne and gearing up for stagings in Seoul, Toronto and cities in Japan,” reports Variety, “the decision to close the Broadway incarnation comes as weekly sales in New York have steadily tapered over the last year amid competition from strong-selling newer titles including Kinky Boots, Aladdin and Beautiful.“ Once, after winning all those Tonys, frequently earned $1 million in a week. Last week it took in $358,134.
Once will be around for a long while, whether it’s on Broadway or not. “Many in the theater industry cite the show as one of Broadway’s most artistically successful musical adaptations of a movie,” Variety says. But if your heart hurts over Once‘s Broadway departure, well, the film and the music it spawned — via the Swell Season, a duo comprised by Markéta Irglová — will always be around, too.