Keith Duffy is set to race his Boyzone bandmate Ronan Keating to the stage in London's West End this year (14). The Irish singer is currently appearing in Billy Roche's play A Handful of Stars, which opened at the Theatre503 venue in Battersea, London in May (14), and it has now been announced that his show will transfer to the West End next month (Jul14).
Duffy's West End debut, opening on 1 July (14) at the Trafalgar Studios, will come just months before his bandmate Ronan Keating takes his first bow in stage musical Once.
Keating's run at the Phoenix Theatre kicks off in November (14).
Former Boyzone star Ronan Keating is set to make his theatrical stage debut in musical Once. The Irish pop star reveals producer Barbara Broccoli, the woman behind the James Bond films, personally called and asked him to take on the role played by Glen Hansard in the hit 2006 movie in London's West End.
Keating tells Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, "It's scary. I never saw myself going into the West End... This is, like, a play with music, and for me it's daunting."
He has been preparing to play busker Guy by taking notes during a recent visit to the Broadway production.
He adds, "I've spent 20 years trying to be Ronan Keating, the musician, so I guess I can spend four months playing another character."
The film and musical centres upon a love story between an Irish musician and a talented immigrant.
One Direction's Niall Horan raised more than $480,000 (£300,000) for good causes with his star-studded charity soccer match. The Irish pop singer recruited bandmates Harry Styles, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson, as well as celebrity pals including British actor/comedian James Corden and singer Ronan Keating, to battle it out against a team helmed by newsman Piers Morgan on Monday (26May14).
Morgan's squad emerged triumphant after a tense penalty shoot-out, and the event raised upwards of $480,000 for charities Irish Autism Action and U.K. Hearts And Minds Challenge.
Horan, who was unable to play in the match due to a knee injury, expressed his delight in a series of posts on Twitter.com, writing, "What a great day yesterday!... Thank you to all the players who played in the game, giving up their time to play! Much appreciated!... £300,000! Wow! Thank you everyone for buying tickets and coming down, to the sponsors of the game, the players! Everyone! Amazing."
More than 15,000 tickets were sold for the event at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England.
One Direction star Harry Styles embarrassed British newsman Piers Morgan by pulling down his shorts during a charity soccer game. The What Makes You Beautiful hitmaker was joined by his bandmates Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan, who acted as team manager, at the celebrity soccer tournament in Leicester, England on Monday (26May14).
Morgan, Boyzone singer Ronan Keating and British comedian James Corden also took part in the match alongside former professional players. A short video has since emerged showing Styles running up behind Morgan and pulling his shorts down in front of the stadium crowd. Morgan swiftly hauls them back up and the singer runs off cheering.
The former talk show host took the prank in good spirits, writing on Twitter.com, "So (Harry Styles) pulled my shorts down mid-game. I believe this got the biggest scream of the day." He later posted the clip, adding, "(I) can't work out if this is a career high or low?"
Despite the mishap, rival team manager Morgan ended the game on a high as his soccer side emerged victorious following a penalty shootout against Horan's players. The match, which was organised by Horan, raised money for autism charities Irish Autism Action and U.K. Hearts And Minds Challenge.
Boyzone star Ronan Keating's ex-wife has landed her own show about parenting on Irish TV. Yvonne Keating, who has three children with the pop singer, will act as a celebrity mentor for struggling parents.
Pop superstar George Michael baffled the star-studded crowd at his record launch party this week (beg03Mar14) when he failed to show up to unveil his first album in 10 years. The Faith hitmaker is gearing up for the release of his sixth solo record, Symphonica, his first since 2004's Patience, and stars including Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp, Irish singer Ronan Keating, and actor Rupert Everett attended the launch event at Hamiltons Gallery in London on Tuesday (04Mar14).
However, Michael was noticeably absent from the party.
A representative for the star was unable to offer an explanation for the no-show, saying, "He hasn't given a reason for not attending the launch, but he is working on a further studio album and was probably busy with that."
Irish singer Ronan Keating is recovering after undergoing surgery last week (ends02Feb14). The Boyzone star had an operation for an unknown ailment at the Lister Hospital in London.
On Sunday (02Feb14) he showed off bandages on his stomach in a picture on Twitter.com, writing, "This time last week I was on the operating table. Check out my Battle wounds. Thanx for all your well wishes (sic)."
Keating had previously told fans his girlfriend Storm Uechtritz had been looking after him, writing, "Back on my Feet. Thank you one and all for your kind words. Storm Uechtritz the chicken soup really worked. Thanx to all."
The singer has not revealed why he needed surgery, but reports in the Irish press suggest he had his gallbladder removed.
A spokesman for Keating refused to confirm to WENN details of the star's surgery.
"Mom I still miss you everyday. Thank you for making us the people we are and allowing us to follow our dreams." Ronan Keating remembers his late mother, Marie, who passed away in 1998 after a battle with breast cancer.
A home Ronan Keating once shared with his wife has been put on the market following the couple's split. The Boyzone star moved out of the family home in Malahide, Ireland in 2010 after his marriage to childhood sweetheart Yvonne broke down over his fling with a backing dancer. The couple subsequently reunited in a bid to salvage the marriage, but split again for good in 2012.
Yvonne remained in the mansion with the former couple's children following the break-up, but it has now emerged the house has been put up for sale.
The London Evening Standard reports the six-bedroom house is on the market for around $3.2 million (£2 million).
Boyzone singer Keith Duffy has been honoured in his native Ireland for his long-running work with autism charities. The pop star was named Philanthropist of the Year at the annual prizegiving organised by the Community Foundation for Ireland in Dublin on Wednesday (29Jan14).
The accolade was in recognition of his decade-long partnership with Irish Autism Action (IAA), which he became a patron of after his daughter Mia was diagnosed with the condition at just 18 months old.
He has since helped raise almost $5 million (£3.2 million), which has gone towards the funding of 13 schools for autistic children.
After receiving the honour, he tweeted: "Delighted to have won Philanthropist of the year!! Thank you Community Foundation for Ireland.
"I except (sic) this award on behalf of all parents of children with autism that continually fight for the appropriate services for their children."
His bandmate Ronan Keating took to Twitter to congratulate him on the award, adding, "Very proud of (Duffy) and incredibly well deserved. Philanthropist of the year congrats (sic) pal."