Former Boyzone band member Ronan Keating is to join the cast of Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical ONCE at the Phoenix Theatre in London
Ronan Keating will join the cast of West End musical ONCE from 17 November 2014, playing the lead role of Guy. The international singer and musician will be making his stage and West End debut in the show.
In a major coup for producers of the show, Ronan Keating is an Irish singer who has found international fame through the huge success of boy band Boyzone and his own solo career. Through Boyzone and his own albums he has sold over 45 million records worldwide. Keating is currently gearing up to return to Australia as a judge on The X Factor before heading to London for rehearsals of the show.
Once is directed by John Tiffany (Let The Right One In) and opened in the West End in April 2013 at the Phoenix Theatre.
The show scooped two Olivier Awards in April – including for Outstanding Achievement in Music – and won 8 Tony Awards on Broadway.
Ronan will replace David Hunter who is currently playing Guy in the show, alongside Jill Winternitz as Girl.
Keating will join the cast from 17 November 2014 to 21 March 2015 (excluding performances on 20 January and 24 January 2015).
Once has book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh. Based on the 2007 motion picture written and directed by John Carney, music and lyrics are by Academy Award winning Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová.
Ronan Keating said: “I was truly bowled over when I first saw Once. The music and storyline are so incredibly moving and combined with John Tiffany’s direction, I believe it’s a modern-day masterpiece. It’s unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. When I was asked about playing the lead male (who is a busker in Dublin) I was completely overwhelmed because I knew it would be perfect – this was my home town, my people, and the place where I began my own music career. But as exciting as that is, it’s scary too. I’ve never performed on the West End and this is a huge challenge and commitment. I’m really looking forward to returning to London later this year and completely sinking my teeth into the role. I think there’s going to be lots to learn and lots to gain from this experience and I just want to be the absolute best that I can be.”