[NEWS] Ronan Keating joins Once The Musical, From the pop charts to the West End stage

Few artists can make the transition from boyband pop stardom to Olivier award-winning musical fame. This makes Ronan Keating’s addition to the critically acclaimed production of Once The Musical at the Phoenix Theatre more impressive, especially as he’ll be playing guitar live on stage.

Beginning 17 November 2014, Keating, who crooned his way into the hearts of teen girls around the world as part of the massive boy group Boyzone, will join the West End cast of Once the Musical as the leading man, Guy, marking his West End debut.

“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,” says Keating enthused “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," continues Keating.

Once is an Academy-award winning film that won the hearts of audiences around the world with its tale of friendship and love told through music. Recently, its theatre version took home two Olivier awards, 8 Tony awards and the Oscar for Best Original Song.

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