On an ever-growing list of movies and TV shows being adapted into stage musicals, Once is a rarity in that it excels far better on the stage than it did on the screen. Based on the beloved 2007 movie that claimed the Oscar for Best Song, Once made it to Broadway in 2012 and promptly scooped up more gongs, including a Tony Award for Best Musical.

Now what started a micro-budget indie film has travelled the globe, this month finally making its Auckland debut. What's even more surprising about Once's success is that it is not the sort of show