More than 900 guitarists converged on a Toronto theater to perform a song with the cast of the musical Once, on Thursday, April 23.
There were 926 performers, to be exact, each carrying an acoustic guitar and primed to play the musical’s showpiece “Falling Slowly” at Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre. Mirvish Productions launched the promotion, offering tickets to anyone who came. The company had expected about 100 and was surprised at the huge turnout.
The performers, filling the theater’s lower level, were led through the song by the show’s actors, including the star, Ian Lake.
“That was about as smooth as 900 people playing in a band together could be,” Lake told TheStar.com.
Once is a story about a heart-broken guitarist who is ready to give up on his career after his girlfriend leaves him. A woman convinces him to pursue his music to fulfill his ambitions and to win back his girlfriend. The musical is based on the 2007 film of the same name. “Falling Slowly” won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.