Ronan Keating to make West End debut in Once

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He’s in Ireland’s most successful boy band, he’s had a series of solo hits, and now he’s to star in a “modern-day masterpiece” in his West End debut – Is there any end to Ronan Keating’s talents?

The Boyzone star is joining the cast of Once 

On 17 November 2014 Ronan Keating will join the cast of the timeless love story Once, playing the lead role of the unnamed “Guy”.

An exciting challenge

The Dublin-set tale of an anonymous boy and girl features award-winning songs and has been swathed with its own awards since opening in 2011. Ronan Keating was said to be “bowled over” when he first saw the show and “completely overwhelmed” that the role was offered to him. Though the Boyzone singer admits, playing on the West End will be a challenge.

“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,” Ronan Keating said.

An award-winning production

Once is based on the story of a Czech immigrant and an Irish busker who bond over a mutual love of music. The story that celebrates love, friendship and music, started its life as a low-budget film in 2007. Its transfer to the stage in New York in 2012 led to the romantic musical winning eight Tony awards. In April this year Once opened in the West End where it has won two Olivier awards and went down in history as being the first ever recipient of the Olivier for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

During its tenure at the Phoenix Theatre Once has enjoyed a string of great reviews. When it opened in 2013 The Guardian praised the musical for its “simplicity, charm and air of sweet melancholy.”

When it comes to charm Ronan Keating certainly ticks the right box, meaning we can’t help feel the Irish singer will play the lead role of “Guy” impeccably.  

Once is currently booking at the Phoenix Theatre until 4 July 2015.  

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