5 th preview - Book is still under construction. Stakes are not particularly high at this point . Sound mix is very problematic as they try to get 80's sound that sounds full. At this point very frustrating. Cast is winning although to support original concept of kids in school forming a band the musical requires musicians to fill in as characters . This is again problematic as musicians ( they are fantastic) at not seasoned actors so they feel one dimensional.
My take away is that same creative team that opened up Once from small movie to bright uplifting musical have reversed themselves here, taking a bright movie and dialing it down into a very small and not overly exciting musical . Staging needs a lot of work to get it beyond perfunctory.