You Will NOT Believe Who Landed the Lead Role in Once the Musical 7 years ago

You Will NOT Believe Who Landed the Lead Role in Once the Musical

Ronan Keating has been confirmed to join the cast of West End musical Once.

The nasal tones of Boyzone’s front man will play the part of Irish busker Guy in the musical production from November 17th -  March 21st 2015.


Based on the film of the same name, Once focuses on the relationship between Guy and a Czech woman he meets in Dublin through their shared love of music.

Speaking at the announcement of his new role, 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, 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."

The singer turned presenter has never performed on the West End but is “really looking forward to returning to London and completely sinking my teeth into the role”.

The 2007 film bagged Hansard the 2007 Academy Award for Best Original Song for ‘Falling Slowly’ with the soundtrack as a whole also receiving a Grammy Award nomination.