Toby-Francis-and-Stefanie-Caccamo-in-Once-photo-by-Robert-CattoWalking into the theatre the audience gets a glimpse of the talent they are about to witness, as the cast walk through the theatre playing instruments and serenading those waiting for the show to begin. And what an amazing cast they prove to be.

They are the quadruple threat. They sing, dance, act and play musical instruments throughout the performance. And it appears this cast can play any instrument thrown at them. From guitars, pianos, violins, piano accordions, drums and even the musical saw.

A quick interruption, due to a technical difficulty, did little to upset the flow of the performance for this incredible company.

Stefanie Caccamo, as Girl, has the voice of an angel. An angel who selfishly rescues Guy from his darkest moments enabling him to re-join life and learn how to love again. Caccamo’s several ballads during the performance evoke emotions that are real and raw.

Toby Francis, as Guy, possesses a powerful voice that delivers with great range and passion.These two leads are sublime and give an impeccable performance that is tender, heartfelt and exudes dynamic chemistry.

The performance is elevated throughout with comedy and uplifting Irish numbers that will have you toe tapping along to in your seat.

Another notable performance is Gus Noakes, as the banker, who must sing his number completely out of tune. Surely this must be harder than singing in tune. There are lots of funny one liners throughout the production that will have you laughing out loud.

What makes this show so original is it does not have the mandatory happy ending required of a musical. It’s a show about love, life and the tough choices one makes for love.

You leave Once having not just seen a musical, but experienced what it means to love and be loved.

Regal Theatre – 474 Hay Street, Subiaco (Perth)
Performance: Wednesday 1 June 2022
Season continues to 12 June 2022
Information and Bookings: www.bsstc.com.au

Image: Toby Francis and Stefanie Caccamo in Once – photo by Robert Catto

Review: Craig Dalglish