By Stanford Friedman
Eight year’s ago, a musical adaptation of John Carney’s film, Once, with book by Enda Walsh, premiered at New York Theatre Workshop, and went on to an award-winning Broadway run. Hoping to recapture the old magic, Carney and Walsh, along with Gary Clark, have now adapted the screenplay of Carney’s 2016 movie, Sing Street, into a musical for the NYTW stage. The tunes offer a mix of 1980’s pop fun and big-hearted emotions, but in going from silver screen to live stage, the teen dramedy, as Duran Duran would say, has come undone.
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WITH: Max William Bartos (as Darren), Brendan C. Callahan (as Gary), Billy Carter (as Robert), Zara Devlin (as Raphina), Gus Halper (as Brendan), Jakeim Hart (as Larry), Martin Moran (as Brother Baxter), Anne L. Nathan (as Sandra), Johnny Newcomb (as Barry), Brenock O’Connor (as Conor), Gian Perez (as Kevin), Sam Poon (as Eamon), Skyler Volpe (as Anne), and Amy Warren (as Penny)
Choreography by Sonya Tayeh. Bob Crowley (Scenic & Costume Design), Christopher Akerlind (Lighting), Darron L. West and Charles Coes (Sound), Music Supervisor, Orchestrations & Arrangements by Martin Lowe. New York Theatre Workshop, 79 East 4th St., 212-460-5475, https://www.nytw.org/show/sing-street/. Through January 26. Running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission.