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MessageSujet: Re: "ONCE MUSICAL" - WEST END    Mer 8 Oct - 11:43

RONAN KEATING BRINGS ONCE TO A CLOSE

http://www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk/news/latest-news/article/item242164/ronan-keating-brings-once-to-a-close/

ONCE has announced its Olivier Award-winning West End run will come to a close on 21 March, two years after it made its London premiere at the Phoenix Theatre.

Boyzone star Ronan Keating, who joins the cast next month, and Jill Winternitz will play the romantic leads Guy and Girl for the remainder of its West End run before the show heads off on a European tour.

Based on the Oscar-winning film of the same name, the John Tiffany-directed musical has become a much-loved West End staple since opening in April 2013; charming audiences with its celebration of music and tender story of a chance encounter between people from different worlds with a common passion.
Featuring an eclectic mix of music, from a traditional Irish céilí to exquisite acoustic love songs, the multi-talented cast play dozens of instruments live on stage, while Steven Hoggett’s unique movement lends another twist to this refreshingly unconventional musical.
The show, which started life on Broadway where it received eight Tony Awards, collected glowing reviews when it made its London premiere, with The Guardian's theatre critic Michael Billington declaring himself won over “with its simplicity, charm and air of sweet melancholy”.
The musical also made history at this year’s Olivier Awards with MasterCard when it walked away with the inaugural Outstanding Achievement in Music Award. Continuing its success, original Girl Zrinka Cvitešić was awarded the Best Actress in a Musical Award.
Audiences can catch current Guy, David Hunter, in the role until 17 November when Keating will take over in his West End debut performance.

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Ronan Keating: ‘Acting the role of a singer does my head in’

The ex-Boyzone singer-songwriter talks about the challenge he faces taking on the lead role in hit West End musical Once


Ronan Keating: ‘A musical is never something I thought I’d do.’ Photograph: Hugo Glendinning for the Observer
Singer-songwriter Ronan Keating, 37, has sold 40m records worldwide, first with Boyzone, then as a solo artist. Most recently, he’s been a judge on Australian X-Factor (mentoring this year’s winner, 15-year-old Marlisa Punzalan). But he faces arguably his greatest challenge this month as he joins the London West End cast of the Tony- and Olivier-winning musical Once to play the role of Dublin busker Guy.

“A musical is never something I thought I’d do,” he admits. “But it was the combination of great dialogue from playwright Enda Walsh and great songs. I just fell in love with it. I thought, I can do this. Now I have to say that I’m very anxious about the whole thing.”

He’s quietly been auditioning for film roles for the past few years, narrowly missing out on a part in The Hobbit. Last year, he landed the lead in Australian film Goddess, opposite Laura Michelle Kelly, which was universally panned. But when he was approached by Once director John Tiffany, who created theatrical hits Black Watch and Let the Right One In, he knew it was the right fit.

It must be second nature playing a singer on stage? No, he says firmly: “This sounds weird, and I’m not trying to talk about myself in the third person, but I’m not Ronan Keating on that stage. So acting the role of a singer slightly does my head in.”



In many ways, Once is the anti-musical. There are no flying sets and high-kicking chorus girls. The stage is a bar-room where the cast play fiddle, guitar, drums, accordion and mandolin. “That’s the brilliance of director John Tiffany,” Keating says. “It’s not overly executed or miked, it’s not in your face. At the beginning, the audience are invited on stage for a pint.”

Based on the low-budget 2007 film, Once explores unrequited love and life’s missed opportunities. “It’s that kind of Dublin mentality: you just have to grin and bear some things,” Keating says. But can a pop star, who became famous at 16, identify with his character who works in a Hoover repair shop? He laughs and says he worked part-time in a shoe shop before Boyzone took off. His mother was a hairdresser, his father a trucker. He grew up, one of five children, around north Dublin. “I understand it very well. I just hope I can do the role justice.”

Keating is currently in Australia where he’s been based for X-Factor. During the day, he’s rehearsing with Tiffany and the Melbourne cast of Once (the show opened there last month). In the evenings, he’s brushing up his guitar skills “until my fingers can’t play anymore”. He’s enjoyed the beach lifestyle, and is engaged to Oz producer Storm Uechtritz, but they are returning to live in Dublin to be near his three children from his previous marriage “and to get back to my roots a little bit”.

Before that, though, he has eight shows a week in a musical to perform. “I’m not doing Once to prove that I’m worldly or cultured. I just love the role.”

You sense Keating relishes a challenge. He was the first member of Boyzone to go solo. In 2011 he released an album with Burt Bacharach. “Being in a boyband, everyone has an opinion of all of us, and what we do. There was a time I fought with that. I’m OK with it now.”

After a lifetime in showbiz, theatre has been a revelation. “After 20 years in the public eye, it’s a brand new world.”

Ronan Keating joins the cast of Once on 17 November, Phoenix theatre, London WC2


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MessageSujet: Re: "ONCE MUSICAL" - WEST END    Mer 5 Nov - 21:21

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Q&A: RONAN KEATING

Ronan Keating as Guy in Once The Musical

A man from Dublin who sings his way to success.
Remind you of anyone? It would be fair to say that you could indeed call it
a case of life imitating art – or should that be art imitating life? – that this month will see Boyzone star Ronan Keating take on the role of everyone’s favourite musical heartbreaker Guy in the Olivier Award-winning Once.

Yes, as far as we know, a hoover never proved pivotal in his rise to fame as part of one of the 90s most popular boy bands, but his journey from the hometown he shares with the hit production and a passion, not to mention talent, for song writing certainly puts him ahead of the rest in terms of finding common ground with his character.

It’s a head start that Keating will no doubt be comforted by in the run up to the first time he takes to a very different stage at the Phoenix Theatre on 17 November, when he’ll take his turn starring opposite long-running Girl Jill Winternitz in John Tiffany’s stunning production of the film to stage adaptation.

Intrigued to find out more, we quizzed the hugely successful singer about his rollercoaster journey from number one hit singles to his first ever, self-declared number one choice of a West End role.

How did your part in Once come about?
I’d been a fan of the story and music since the film was first released in 2006 and know Enda Walsh [the show’s writer] and Glen Hansard [Once’s composer] as they’re from my hometown of Dublin. I’d also met Barbara Broccoli, the producer, when I saw the show in the West End, so I guess everything sort of lined up and they asked me if I’d like to take on the role.

Will it be particularly special to be a part of a show set in your home town?
Absolutely! Dublin has always had a rich musical heritage so it’s great that it is showcased in the show around the world.

How do you feel about making your West End debut?
I have to say, it’s the most nervous I’ve ever been but I’m really excited too. It’s been a real challenge to learn the songs on guitar but I’m loving the experience of being taken out of my comfort zone.

How are you preparing for the role?
Lots of practice! It’s been great for the last few weeks in Australia [where Keating has been working as a judge on X Factor] as I’ve been able to work with the Once creative team who are in Melbourne preparing to open a new production there. So on my days off from X Factor in Sydney I’ve been commuting up to Melbourne and back for rehearsals.

Have any of the show’s previous leading men offered you any advice?
Not really. Obviously I’m used to being on stage and in front of an audience so at this stage I’m just looking forward to getting into the full cast rehearsals when I’m back in London in early November. I think that’s when it will start to get very real for me.

What’s your favourite number in the show?
Along with most people, it would have to be Falling Slowly. It’s such a beautiful song and one of those rare duets that I could never imagine getting tired of singing.
What are you most looking forward to about the run?
It’s my first experience of the West End so I’m very excited about that and I’m also strangely looking forward to having the routine of doing a run of shows in the same place for a while. It will be the longest I’ve ever spent in one venue over the last mad 20 years of travelling around, doing what I do.

Will the discipline of performing eight shows a week be a very different challenge for you or has life in a band prepared you?
I’m well aware of the challenge it will be vocally as well as physically and mentally, but I’d like to think I’m in pretty good shape and ready for it. Doing two shows a day, twice a week is going to be tough, but again, I’m looking forward to the challenge.

If you had to star in another musical currently playing in the West End, which show would you choose?
I really can’t think of a better musical than Once. The songs are beautiful, it’s a simple love story that everyone can relate to and it’s set in the best city in the world!

What is your favourite show you have ever seen?
I’ve been lucky enough to see lots of great things but I have to say it was a real buzz to see my band mate Keith [fellow Boyzone member Duffy) in Bill Roche’s play A Handful Of Stars in London earlier this summer.

Who or what has inspired you?
As with any artist, you get inspiration from lots of people and experiences as you go through life. Personally I think your greatest inspiration comes from your kids as you see them grow day-by-day, year-by-year. That is truly inspiring.

You’ve worked with some incredible people in your career. Who has been your favourite person to work with ever?
It’s hard to pick one person from the past 20 years. I guess, though, since losing Stephen [Gately] I realise just how special the times were that we stood on stage together. He had a passion for performing that was unquestionable.

Have you made any sacrifices for the sake of your career?
I think anyone who has to spend time working away from his or her family understands what a sacrifice that is. But I’m lucky that they’ve always stood by me and it’s allowed us to experience some amazing times together over the years.

Do you have any regrets?
I feel like quoting Frank Sinatra… I’ve had a few, but then again few too to mention!

What would you choose as a last meal?
I’d hate to think I’d ever be in that position! I guess it would be a choice piece of steak with a lovely glass of red.

What one book, one film and one album would you recommend?
Book: Jonathan Livingston’s Seagull; just a very simple book but an amazing, emotive idea.
Album: Astral Weeks by Van Morrison; a record that was the soundtrack to my younger years as it was always on in my family home.
Film: Once; check out the movie then come and see the stage show!

What’s the best piece of advice anyone has ever given you?
Be true to yourself.

Do you have a pre-show routine or any rituals when performing in concert you’ll bring to your stage work?
Some Throat Coat herbal teabags and vocal exercises before I go on. Maybe I’ll have to also come up with something new to get ‘into character’!

Does your West End debut mark a new beginning for your career?
Music will always be my passion but I’d love to have the chance to do more acting alongside that for sure.

If you weren’t a singer and performer, what would you be?
I was planning on following my older brothers on a sports scholarship to the US. I’m not sure that I would have been good enough though so would have probably ended up in an Irish bar in NYC!

Once plays at the Phoenix Theatre until 21 March 2015, with Ronan Keating joining the cast from 17 November. You can book tickets through us here.


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MessageSujet: Re: "ONCE MUSICAL" - WEST END    Lun 10 Nov - 10:53

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In a new and exclusive interview, we talk to Ronan Keating all about his brand new role on the West End as Guy in the much-loved musical Once. He tells us all about first rehearsals in Australia, the challenge of taking to the stage in such a unique role and more.


What was it about the lead role in Once that drew you to the production?

I think it's a simple, touching love story that anyone can relate to that's interspersed with great songs and music. I'm obviously biased too that it's set in my hometown of Dublin.

For those who haven't seen the musical before, can you give us a little background?

It's the story of a struggling busker/songwriter on the streets of Dublin who's fallen out of love with music. He then meets a kindred spirit whose warmth and passion reignites the flame inside him. I don't want to say too much more as I'm sure people want to see the story unfold for themselves.

This is your first time on the West End stage - are you nervous?

Of course! I'm really nervous but equally excited by the challenge of taking on the role. The opening night still seems a way off but the closer it gets the more real the whole thing is becoming.

What are you expecting from this experience?

I'm looking forward to the challenge of doing eight shows a week but also excited about working in the same venue for a run of shows. I'm obviously used to being on a stage in front of an audience but part of me is expecting it to be very different than anything I've ever done before.


Does it rank as one of the more challenging things you've done in your career?

For sure! I've never called myself a guitar player but there's lots of playing in the show, so it's been really tough to get that to the level I need it to be.

You join the show in November - have you started rehearsals yet?

Yes, whilst I've been in Sydney for X Factor the Once creative team have been in Melbourne working on the new production there. So on my days off I've been commuting up there and back for rehearsals.

What's the chemistry like with your fellow castmates?

It's been great though it will be a different cast I'll be working with in London. I can't wait to get into full cast rehearsals when I'm back from Australia.

Aside from the show what should we expect going forward?

It's crazy busy just now as we have a new Boyzone album ('Dublin To Detroit') coming out at the end of November. Looking forward to next year - I'll be working on a new solo album and who knows what else might come off the back of 'Once'.

Ronan is in Once from 17 November until 21 March 2015 at the Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP (0844 871 7629). For more information visit www.oncemusical.co.uk



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MessageSujet: Re: "ONCE MUSICAL" - WEST END    Mer 12 Nov - 10:38

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Ronan Keating on West End nerves

Wednesday 12 Nov 2014

Ronan Keating has opened up about his nerves ahead of his West End debut later this month.

The Boyzone singer, who is playing Guy in the West End production of Once, told Digital Spy: "It's really scary to be honest, because I guess there's a lot expected of me."

However, the singer added that his nerves aren't getting the better of him, saying: "I'm really looking forward to it. I have a lot of other work to do with guitar playing and acting and singing and all that. So we'll see how it goes. I'm excited."

Keating admitted that he never thought the West End was on his horizon, and explained why he decided to take on the role: "To be honest, I actually never thought I would do the West End, but it's this role that excited me and made me want to do it.

"It has great dialogue, great direction. And great songs, my god the songs! It's hard to call it a musical. It's not really a musical it's more like a play with great songs."

Keating will star in Once from Sunday, November 17 until March 21, 2015 at the Phoenix Theatre in London.


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MessageSujet: Re: "ONCE MUSICAL" - WEST END    Mer 12 Nov - 12:06

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Dubliner Ronan Keating is obviously hoping to make the transition from former pop star to serious actor following his modest, blink and you’ll miss, big screen debut last year in frothy Australian rom-com Goddess and having missed out on a part in The Hobbit.

The 37-year old former boy band singer, and father of three, hopes to do it by taking over the London West End lead in the hit Irish musical Once. Talking about it to the Irish World he sounds excited, but also nervous.

Ronan joins the Olivier Award-winning London production,
about a busker and an immigrant whose eventful week together in Dublin sees them write, rehearse and records songs that chart their own love story, later this month.


He plays Dublin busker Guy (played by The Frames’ Glenn Hansard in John Carney’s 2006 film), and will stay on in the role until next March, just after St. Patrick’s Day.

Stirring songs, a romantic storyline and all the lively atmosphere of a Dublin pub have made the musical a popular crowd-pleaser, and the show’s producers clearly believe introducing of Boyzone’s former lead singer man can only help at the box office.

It’s a brave enough move for Boyzone star as West End theatre critics may not be particularly forgiving to the Irish pop star with acting ambitions who also moonlights as judge on Australian TV’s X Factor.

So Ronan, have all your Christmases have come at once getting the lead in Once?

Ha ha… It’s a perfect situation, it’s just a great role for me. But I’m apprehensive about it at the same time, I’m a little scared.  I’ve never performed in the West End and it’s a huge commitment. It’s already an award-winning musical I’m coming into, and I guess there’s rather a lot expected of me – because I’m me, you know? That’s not me saying that I’m good, it’s just that I’ve been around for a lot of years. People are… probably expecting me to be a great guitar player, a great singer… there’s a lot expected of me and it’s a great show I’m joining.

What attracted you to Once as opposed to other musicals doing the rounds?

I’ve been asked to do musicals a few times over the years, and it never really floated my boat to be honest. I enjoy going to see them but I’d never wanted to be in one. It’s just so unlike anything I’ve ever seen; it’s a play with songs, rather than a ‘jazz-handsy’ musical.


Then there are the stories, from the north-side of Dublin, Guy’s story… and the songs are wonderful. It all felt… right. It felt real, it made sense to me. John Tiffany’s the director and John Carney and I have worked a bit together on something else, so it just seemed to be the right thing to do. I was truly bowled over when I first saw Once. I believe it’s a modern-day masterpiece.



Being a Dubliner yourself, do you feel like you can tap into the role quickly?

I’ll be the first Irishman to play this role, which is bizarre when you think about it! There have been Americans, English, Canadians… so of course, I feel close to it. It’s kind of weird being a musician playing a musician, though.


Did you have to brush up on your guitar playing for the role?

Massively. It wasn’t brushing up, it was learning! I play a little but, but I don’t play that much and I certainly don’t play in the sense I needed to play for the show, so it’s been a huge crash-course every single day – two hours a day every day to get myself ready. It’s exciting, I feel like I’m really bettering myself as a musician.

Where do you find similarities between you and Guy?

Look, us Dubliners are all the same, we wear our heart on our sleeve. I really get Guy, I can relate to who he is – a little bit foolish, a little bit… a guy with a big heart. He’s a little bit clumsy when it comes to romance, which I definitely get! He kind of jumps in with both feet, and doesn’t really know what’s going on. There are lovely comedy moments in the show, which I adore, full of Irish humour which I think is the best humour in the world.

The Commitments which is playing in London across the road is a different animal..

It’s a very different story, one we all grew up with as kids. It’s a very different kind of show. It was a great film, and funny enough Glenn Hansard was the guitar player in it so he has a connection with both, which is kinda nice.

You’ve been wanting to crack the acting game for a while – was it frustrating to be a ‘famous’ person, go for roles and not get them?


Absolutely. It was frustrating, embarrassing, tough… But because of what you are, what you were for years you can’t expect to get the gig. You’ve got to work for it, you’ve got to graft. There are no shortcuts.


Are you hoping Once will lead to more acting roles?

I hope so. Hopefully I’ll learn so much from it, I’ll really benefit from it. I don’t know who’s going to be in the theatre to see it but maybe a director, a producer sees me and, who knows…

1. Ronan Keating (Once The Musical) photo by Hugo GlendinningWhat would your ideal role be?

I’ll tell you after Once, I guess. Right now I’m excited about Once. It’s not like this is a stepping-stone. Once is a big deal, it’s not a way into film, it’s something amazing in itself. So let’s see how this goes.

If the acting continued beyond Once can you see the music taking a back seat?

No, I’m actually planning on writing an album while working on Once, every day I plan to write. So I think with all that music around me, so much guitar-playing it will inspire me to write more. Th first few weeks will be pretty intense, but I think there’ll be time, once I get into the show and have the role down.


You and the lads also have the new Boyzone album to promote, a homage to Motown. This is the first themed album in your twenty-year career; was it time to explore your funky side then?!

I guess so, yeah. The album’s called Dublin to Detroit, and we just thought, these are some of the best songs ever written, and wouldn’t it be great to cover them? It’s the second album with our new Warner deal, we’re in the Warner stable now, and we just thought yeah, this would be a fun project. And it was, big-time. I love Smokey Robinson’s Tracks of My Tears, but You Can’t Hurry Love is my absolute favourite. It’s the perfect song.

Ronan is in Once from 17 November until 21 March 2015 at the Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0JP (0844 871 7629). For more information visit www.oncemusical.co.uk.

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MessageSujet: Re: "ONCE MUSICAL" - WEST END    Mer 12 Nov - 21:39

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MessageSujet: Re: "ONCE MUSICAL" - WEST END    Jeu 13 Nov - 11:48

http://www.indielondon.co.uk/Theatre-Review/once-jill-winternitz-interview-exclusive

http://www.indielondon.co.uk/Theatre-Review/once-ronan-keating-to-play-guy

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Ronan Keating talks Once: 'I never thought I'd do the West End'
By Tom Eames
Wednesday, Nov 12 2014, 09:00 GMT

Ronan Keating has admitted to nerves ahead of his West End debut later this month.

The Boyzone singer will star in the West End production of Once as Guy, following on from the likes of EastEnders' Declan Bennett and Doctor Who star Arthur Darvill.



"It's really scary to be honest, because I guess there's a lot expected of me," he told Digital Spy. "I'm really looking forward to it.

"I have a lot of other work to do with guitar playing and acting and singing and all that. So we'll see how it goes. I'm excited."

Speaking about swapping a concert for a musical, he said: "To be honest, I actually never thought I would do the West End, but it's this role that excited me and made me want to do it.


"It has great dialogue, great direction. And great songs, my god the songs! It's hard to call it a musical. It's not really a musical it's more like a play with great songs."

On stepping into a role that has been played by other actors, he said: "It's funny because everywhere I go the actor has changed the role of the character.

"So I've seen like four or five different guys, which is nice. The director allows that to happen. So I'm just gonna be the best I can be and do what my understanding of this guy is and try and put that into the character."



Explaining the continued popularity of Once, he said: "From the moment that the audience are allowed to step onstage and actually have a beer on the set, that is incredibly unique. So from that moment on to the ensemble being the band, rather than a band in the pit, to this great dialogue and the humour and then the songs. It's so layered, there are so many elements."

Keating also revealed that he may plan to release studio versions of the musical's songs, saying: "There might be live recordings along the way. I don't really know what the plan will be right now. We're just getting the show ready for people to come and see."

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Once - Jill Winternitz interview (exclusive)

Interview by Rob Carnevale

AS RONAN Keating prepares to make his West End debut in Once, we talk to his leading lady and current star Jill Winternitz about playing the role of Girl in the hit musical and some of the challenges this involves.

She also reflects on her own career to date, including playing Baby in Dirty Dancing, and her path to the West End, which originated in America and came by way of Russia.


Q. What do you like most about playing Girl in Once and what do you find the most challenging?

Jill Winternitz: For me, it’s actually a dream role. It’s so surreal to be playing her because I first saw the show on Broadway about two years ago, randomly while on vacation because I’d heard such great things. But when I saw it, I was completely overcome with the emotion of it. The performance was so gripping. I never really saw myself in the part, however, because there are so many skills needed to play it – what with playing the piano and singing, not to mention the emotional journey. But my partner, who was working with me at the time, said I’d really suit the character and while being surprised by the suggestion at first, I bought the CD and listened to it repeatedly. I took it on tour with me during Dirty Dancing and would sometimes even listen to it before going on stage for that show, which is quite odd. But I fell in love with the soundtrack.

Anyway, six months went by and I thought, ‘OK, I would really like to give it a go’. I had played piano for two and a half years as a kid, so I had some experience. But I also got myself a piano teacher, because it was a good thing to do during the day anyway in terms of learning a new skill, and I mentioned to my agent that I was learning some songs form Once, so if ever they were doing auditions… And I kid you not, three weeks later, he called me and said I have an audition. I needed to play a Classical song as part of that, which was really quite advanced, but I loved the challenge of it. So, I quickly bought a keyboard and also borrowed one from the dressing room and started cramming the songs in to the point where I stressed out my forearm and needed physio [laughs]! So, I learned piano for the part. And when it came to the audition, my feedback was that they really liked me but that I was pretty shaky on the piano and need to practice more. But they put me together with an amazing piano teacher, who I continue to work with, and I’ve fallen in love with the instrument again.

But to answer your question, my favourite thing about playing Girl is this combination of it being a dream role as well as her strength, which I find so incredible. She is unique and different from the film in that she has a bravery and a selflessness that finds her wanting to save guy and share his music with the world.

Q. So, how was it on that first night, walking onto the West End stage? Was it a mixture of nerves and excitement?
Jill Winternitz: Yeah. What’s really unique is that I make a somewhat difference entrance into the show by going through the audience to begin with. I’ve never had that in the West End or any other show, but it means that I get to see the people in their seats enjoying the pre-show music and can gauge their energy. I’m standing at the back and have to walk through, so it’s really quite emotional. I remember the first time thinking: “Oh my gosh, am I going to make it?” But then you see John Tiffany, our director, and the other cast and crew and you recognise someone you know and it begins to feel better. But there’s also something about playing live music every night because all of the actors on the show are musicians. We don’t have a conductor or anyone cue-ing us in. We’re all sensing from each other what the rhythms are going to be and there’s also an a capella song. So, it’s all about listening to each other. It’s really electric.

Q. Do you have a favourite live memory of being on-stage?
Jill Winterntiz: There’s not really one in particular. There have been a couple of nights when we’ve had creatives in. Steven Hoggett, the original choreographer of Once, came back because he had been in New York, and having him in was really special because afterwards he was able to say, ‘yes, that’s what I was going for’. He also gave me some great tips. So, having one of the original creators there was so special. But in terms of the audience response, it’s one of those things that you never know what to expect. It’s what’s great about live theatre – you show up, you do your best each night and the audience can be really riotous or more quiet and really listening to everything, to the point where you can hear a pin drop. So, those are our favourites. Every theatre struggles with mobile phones and flu season, of course, but it’s amazing to have an audience that is really listening.

Q. Will it be a bittersweet moment when you have to say goodbye to your current co-star David Hunter prior to Ronan Keating’s arrival?
Jill Winternitz: It will be bittersweet, yes. David has been my Guy for the past six months and he’s so talented and such a generous performer. He did the show before I joined because he was originally an understudy who got promoted. So, when I first did the show, I was terrified because I was literally the only completely new person to it. But David was there and he kept encouraging me and telling me that what I was doing was great. He’s always had my back, so it will be a bittersweet moment when he leaves. I’m sure he’ll go on to do great things. But that’s theatre for you. It’s always changing.

Q. Have you had chance to work with Ronan Keating yet?
Jill Winternitz: No, not yet. He’s been doing X-Factor in Australia and he is due to arrive in a week [last week of October]. So, we’ll start rehearsals then, which will be quite full on because I’ll also be performing the evening shows and rehearsing during the day and doing various press things. It’ll be a really busy couple of weeks. But I know he’s so excited to be doing the role and has been learning the music on the road with his hand. He’s really up for it.

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Q. Turning to your own career, you started off life in California, studying at UCLA, before coming to RADA via Moscow. Was that planned?
Jill Winternitz: No, it wasn’t really planned. I fell in love with acting but also with certain playwrights early on, such as Chekhov and Shakespeare. I loved the European theatre, which meant that studying at UCLA was not really the right match for me. It was a more liberal programme, so I started looking beyond that. First of all, I tried for a Moscow training programme, which also examined people like Stanislavski, and I got accepted to the programme, which meant doing a crash course in Russian over the summer. It was literally six hours a day of learning the language but I really enjoyed it. I then went over to Moscow and got on a three month programme, which was kind of like boot camp – it was six days a week and the days would start with ballet, and then comprise acting classes, movement classes, and then most nights involved seeing theatre in Moscow. All the classes were in Russian, with a translator, but I was able to learn the language very fast.

And what’s stuck with me about doing that was the very different way of working over there. It’s their whole life and people give 200%. Even with the acting, it’s more of a full bodied experience. I remember seeing theatre that I thought was a lot braver. I was 18 at the time. In fact, when I finished the course I even thought about staying in Russia because I got into a conversation with an acting school in St Petersberg. But then I also thought, what connection would I have with the English speaking world if I did that? So, I went back to California and auditioned for RADA. I did the usual four rounds of auditions and got offered a spot. So, I dropped out of UCLA and went for it because it’s one of the best acting schools in the world and it brought me back to my love of text and classical theatre.

Looking back, it was probably a brash move but I don’t regret it for a second. It wasn’t easy. I did get homesick. I moved to London being a vegan and craving things like Smoothies, which is fine when living in California and in the sun. But when you’re in freezing London, not so much! I didn’t even own winter clothes. So, there were teething troubles like that. But I became a vegetarian instead and changed a few things and it’s been a really great thing. And what was once perhaps a reason that I couldn’t get employed is now an interesting niche for me because people love having an authentic American accent to call upon. So, it has worked out for me.

What’s also nice is that I feel I came of age with RADA and now everyone I studied with is out doing great things. In fact, when I go back to LA I feel a little bit like a fish out of water. I have no connections and there isn’t the same community as there is here in London. But it’s been a crazy journey.

Q. How did landing the role of Baby in Dirty Dancing help you, confidence-wise and in terms of career profile?
Jill Winternitz: It was huge. Again, I got that audition out of the blue. I hadn’t seen the film and didn’t realise what a cult favourite it was. So, when it came to the opening night at the Birmingham Hippodrome, I was amazed because there were over 2,000 people there. I was like: “What the heck!? Am I really carrying this show for all these people?” My family were also over from the States. I remember that was a moment where I had to fight back happy tears otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to get the lines out! But playing to all those houses around the UK and eventually getting the West End transfer was huge for my confidence. And it was a real learning curve in terms of what to expect because you’d get really rowdy audiences in the north and much quieter ones closer to London, where they are more used to theatre. So, just to get to meet all of those different cultures was helpful because there are so many sub-cultures of England and Scotland. It made me really appreciate coming to London and being able to stay in London, close to home, rather than finding digs every few weeks. It was a wonderful job and one of those shows that’s so successful that I think it will keep going, which makes me really happy for the producers. It’s great to have been a part of it.

Q. Do you harbour dreams of going to Broadway at some point?
Jill Winternitz: Yeah, it’s a huge dream of mine. Growing up, my mother would take me to New York during the holidays and we’d see as many shows as we could during that time. I loved the musicals, of course, but we also liked going to the Manhattan Theatre Club and seeing straight plays. So, it’s always been a huge dream. In fact, I have a manager in New York for that reason, in order to be clued into what’s going on. It’s such an exciting town for theatre, matched only by London really. So, hopefully I’ll do a show here that transfers. I have my American equity, so I’m ready to go!

Jill Winternitz

Q. And will you also be looking to do more film and TV? You’ve done some short films…
Jill Winternitz: Absolutely. I didn’t set out to just do theatre. It’s just what’s happened up to this point. But after Once, ideally I would like to do some more TV or film. It would be a great next step to cut my teeth doing. Up to this point, I’ve mainly done smaller independent films and short films. So, I’d like to get some more experience doing that because there is a thing with this industry where can get easily pigeon-holed. And I want a varied career where I can dip in and out of all these wonderful mediums. But it’s about characters every time. You also want the role to be right and something that can challenge you and inform you.

Q. Do you have an actor or actress that inspires you? Was there a performance, for instance, where you thought ‘that’s it, that’s what I want to do’…
Jill Winternitz: There have been so many over the years. But someone who has always stood out, and she’s probably not someone you’ve heard of, but her name is Robin Goodrin Nordli, and she works with this theatre company in the state of Oregon. I remember seeing her in a performance of Hedda Gabler and thinking that it was the most gut-wrenching, amazing performance I had seen. I was changed irrevocably by it. I remember I even wrote her a letter to say so. In fact, I wrote to her recently again. But seeing someone like that, who is such a master of their craft with such great drama, and also somewhere that’s not Broadway… it’s so inspiring. She is doing such incredible work.

Q. Did she write back?
Jill Winternitz: Yeah, in fact we have a pen pal thing going on [laughs]. I also love Cherry Jones and those actors who have been able to dip in and out of film and theatre. Mandy Patinkin is another… he has such an incredible career in New York but he’s also now playing Saul in Homeland. These are proper actors and I think it’s so great that their talent is getting to be shared with the world at large. It’s nice that they have been able to break down the stigma that is sometimes attached to theatre.

Q. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned to this point?
Jill Winternitz: The biggest lesson is to relax a bit. I’m really hard on myself, which is good to a degree, but I can also be so self-critical that sometimes I forget to enjoy the moment and relax and really appreciate what I‘ve accomplished. Especially with Once, I’ve learned so many skills that I’ve spent so long trying to get right, but what’s the point if I’m not really enjoying it? So, it’s really about relaxing and enjoying the moment. The hard work is part of the job and I love it but, ultimately, it’s about being present and that helps enable the audience to enjoy things. So, I guess I’ve learned to be a bit more Zen about things. You can’t control everything, so why try? What will happen will happen, especially in live theatre. So, just enjoy your achievements, especially if you’ve worked so hard to make those dreams come true.





http://www.indielondon.co.uk/Theatre-Review/once-ronan-keating-to-play-guy

Once - Ronan Keating to play Guy

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ON NOVEMBER 17, 2014, Ronan Keating will take over the leading role of Guy in the West End cast of Olivier Award-winning musical Once, which is currently booking at the Phoenix Theatre until July 4, 2015.

Irish recording artist, singer-songwriter and musician Ronan Keating launched his career as a member of Boyzone in 1993 and has subsequently enjoyed a hugely successful career as a solo recording artist. With Boyzone, Keating has sold over 25 million records worldwide and as a solo artist 20 million.

Before joining the cast of Once, Keating will return to Australia for a fourth year as a judge on The X-Factor. Speaking about his forthcoming role, he 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.”

Based on the much-loved Oscar-winning film, Once is a celebration of love, friendship and music performed by a cast of actor/musicians. When an Irish busker and a young Czech mother meet through a shared love of music, their songwriting sparks a deep connection and a tender, longing romance that neither of them could have expected.

The West End production, which opened in April 2013, is directed by John Tiffany and has set and costume design by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Clive Goodwin, musical supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe and movement by Steven Hoggett.

The current cast comprises David Hunter and Jill Winternitz as Guy and Girl respectively, Fiona Bruce (Baruska), Jamie Cameron (Emcee) Mark Carlisle (Da), Matthew Ganley (Svec), Mathew Hamper (Andre), Daniel Healy (Eamon), Loren O’Dair (Reza), Miria Parvin (Ex-girlfriend), Tim Prottey-Jones (Billy), and Jez Unwin (Bank Manager).

Alternating the role of Girl’s young daughter Ivanka will be Juliana Cotton, Demi Lee, Gemma Loader and Ruby Payne.

In April this year, Once was the winner of two coveted Olivier awards – including the first ever recipient of the Olivier for Outstanding Achievement in Music. The show has also won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical and the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. In addition, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová’s Falling Slowly won the Oscar for Best Original Song.

NB: Ronan Keating will perform the role of Guy from November 17, 2014 to March 21, 2015, except at performances on January 20 and January 24, 2015.

Tickets: £72.50 – £19.50, plus concessions. All ticket prices include a restoration levy. To book, call the box office on 0844 871 7629 or visit oncemusical.co.uk/ or indielondon.tsd-aff.com/tickets/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

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Ronan in 'Once the Musical', 15.11.14 - By Janina

So, next Monday was going to be Ronan's first night at 'Once' at London's Phoenix Theatre. There was no way I was going to miss that - but the big moment actually happened sooner than expected!

It's Saturday as I type this and I arrived in town at noon, planning to catch up with friends... and then we found out Ronan was doing the matinee in just a few hours. I suppose he wanted his first performance to happen without all the pressure that will be on him on Monday, seeing as Nov 17th has been advertised for months and all eyes will be on him.
So what did we do? We booked tickets of course!

There's plenty of reviews of the show itself online already, so I won't go into detail about the story. Let me tell you one thing: I am not a theatre person, and certainly not a musical person, but I guess people are right when they say that this one's different. It feels 'real', no gimmicks, no big fuss. The cast are a bunch of great musicians, the setting is simple, and it's really all about the actors and the music. I'll happily watch this again.
The play begins with the whole cast coming on stage playing a song together, and so all of a sudden there's Ronan amongst them all with his guitar. The whole situation still seems surreal to me. He looks very nervous - and I'm feeling nervous. What if something goes wrong? What if he forgets his words? Because I haven't seen the show before, I can't tell whether anything's not as it should be, but I can say with relief that he seems flawless to me. He begins to look more relaxed halfway through Part One, and I can see he's enjoying himself up there on that stage. Him and the rest of the cast work really well together. There's some funny dialogue, there's a scene where he pulls down his trousers, and there's deep sentimental moments - and I'm glad there's no 'crazy' fan reactions in the audience. Yes we all fancy him, but this isn't a concert. Monday night's going to be interesting... I personally hope there won't be any screaming "I LOVE YOU", and that fans leave their cameras in their bags.

I get more and more impressed as the show continues. Some of these songs showcase his voice like nothing else ever has. He's really worked on his guitar playing skills as well. And whilst he is up on that stage, he actually is 'Guy' instead of Ronan. I think he is completely amazing in this role and I feel so proud. Why does he not challenge himself like this more often?

It'll be interesting to see how Ronan's performance evolves over the next couple of shows as he settles in. I'm loving this new adventure, and I think many others will too. I've heard of people travelling to see this from as far as Australia... and let me tell you it is so worth it.

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