Scott Bakula In Romantic Musical No Strings at UCLA
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Once began as a music-fueled indie film that won the nation's heart in 2006, taking home the Best Original Song Oscar for its haunting love ballad "Falling Slowly." Now, Once has taken the Broadway stage by storm, earning eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The romantic tale follows a downtrodden Dublin street musician and a delightfully quirky Czech woman who meet in the least likely of places -- a vacuum cleaner repair shop. Their complicated lives make the path to love a rocky one, and they channel their feelings into the music they produce together -- him on guitar, her on piano, two voices harmonizing and setting them free, for a time, from the harsh realities of their lives. Learn More
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Featured review from Jimmy Israel
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Though not very well staged, the play and the score are worth coming to the theatre! The first Act is not nearly as well done as the second Act. The young woman who plays Barbara sings very well, though I believe that her character has more maturity than she portrayed. Scott Bakula sings but much of it was too breathy and not legato. His interpretations of songs are good to well done. He is just right for the role otherwise. The play itself portrays people whose focus in life is on the material while real profound love plays through. Of course this love changes them, their lives and their way of thinking about life. The theme of "No Strings" comes from the 50s and 60s when couples began living together before marrying and felt that a marriage ceremony was unnecessary if love was full and deep. It takes place in France where the philosophy probably originated because of the French manner of considering sexual behavior more openly than in North America.
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I saw the original on Broadway and could not remember why I hadn't loved it, since Rodgers, with his Hammerstein and Hart, is my favorite composer. Unfortunately, the play is much worse than I had remembered. The music is insipid, the characters...continued
_No Strings _is the bitter-sweet tale of Barbara, an American black model living in Paris. She meets and fails in love with a white American, David, a former Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist who has had a bad case of writer’s block ever since he came to live in France. She tries to restore his confidence in his writing ability, but the easy living he earns in Paris proves too much of a distraction. David must make a decision—but to what will he be true? Love, or his art? Or both? Songs include “The Sweetest Sounds”, “No Strings” and “Nobody Told Me.”