Once On This Island Nashville {The Daily Dash: October 16, 2019}

by brenna

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Even though I sang the songs in high school show choir, I saw this Tony Award-winning show for the first time last night…

Once On This Island Nashville {The Daily Dash: October 16, 2019}


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My senior year of high school (circa 1992), I was a proud 3-year member of my high school’s show choir, “New Directions”. For our competition season that year, we featured music from Once on This Island. It was a beautiful blur of all things tropical paired with our patented purple sequins and blue eyeshadow.

That being said, I thought I knew all there was to know about “Once on This Island”, but I was wrong. I watched the National Tour of Once on This Island kick off at TPAC in Nashville last night and I want to share some insights so you can make your own decision on whether or not it’s worth it to go yourself.

The thing I loved best about this show was the unique structure of it. It’s a 90-minute show without intermission, making it a lot more digestible than some other nights at the theater. The nother fabulous fact you need to know is that audience members can actually sit on stage. I’m not exactly sure how to procure said tickets and, keep in mind, some of the seats were bleacher style seating that did not look very comfy, but it still provided an experience unlike any other musical I’ve seen.

As far as the show itself goes, I could honestly take it or leave it. It is bright, lively and colorful, but the story moved slowly for me. I instantly recognized the opening song as the one I performed so many years ago, but other than that, there were not many others I’d want to go back and listen to.

There were also some important cultural messages woven throughout and the performers’ voices brought the house down.

On a family-friendly scale, I’d give it about a 7; there was no bad language that I could discern, but there were several spoken and visual innuendos about sex. While I didn’t see a lot of children in the audience, I did see more students than in past shows I’ve attended.

So there you have it. I’m thankful TPAC provided me with tickets so I could share my honest experience with you. Once on This Island runs from October 15-20 here in Nashville at TPAC.

I pray over each of you and your families today; may you hug each other a little closer and appreciate each other in a new way.

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