Irish pop superstar Ronan Keating will join the West End cast of the Olivier award-winning musical Once to play the leading role of Guy on November 17. Directed by John Tiffany, the London production opened in April 2013.
Keating began his career as a member of Boyzone in 1993, selling over 25 million records worldwide. As a solo artist he went on to sell 20 million records around the world. Before joining the cast of Once, Keating will return to Australia for a fourth year as a judge on The X-Factor.
Based on the 2006 film, Once features a score by the movie’s stars and Academy Award-winning composers for “Falling Slowly,” Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova. The show premiered at New York Theatre Workshop before opening at Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on March 18, 2012. Once won eight Tony Awards, including honors for Tiffany, as well as Enda Walsh for his book for the romantic musical.
The current West End cast stars David Hunter and Jill Winternitz who are joined by Fiona Bruce, Jamie Cameron, Mark Carlisle, Matthew Ganley, Mathew Hamper, Daniel Healy, Loren O’Dair, Miria Parvin, Tim Prottey-Jones, Jez Unwin, Juliana Cotton, Demi Lee, Gemma Loader and Ruby Payne.