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'I will survive,' sings Lorraine as she's back in the limelight



Lorraine Keane

From left:
Jacinta White,
Keane, Hilda
Fay and
Sharon Sexton,
who star in
'Girls Night:
The Musical'

From left: Jacinta White, Sorcha Furlong, Lorraine Keane, Hilda Fay and Sharon Sexton, who star in 'Girls Night: The Musical'


Lorraine Keane

IT'S already been dubbed 'Lorraine Keane: The Musical'. But three years after she made headlines by walking out on TV3, the former 'Xpose' host will stand on a stage next month singing 'I Will Survive'.

The Gloria Gaynor hit is one of the many standards Ms Keane will be singing in a new Irish production of the musical 'Girls Night', which had its first day of rehearsals yesterday.

Described as a "journey into the lives of a group of female friends", the mother-of-two said rehearsing with fellow cast members Hilda Fay, Sorcha Furlong, Jacinta White and Sharon Sexton reminded her of her old 'Xpose' gang in TV3.

"It's great to be working with a bunch of girls again, and in a show which celebrates womanhood. But it's very much a team effort, and taking it around the country to other women is going to be a lot of fun," Lorraine said yesterday.

Singing is in the blood for the former AA Roadwatch girl.

Her dad is Eamon Keane, lead singer with Irish showband the Indians, while her husband Peter Devlin is also a musician.

However, she said she had been petrified auditioning for producers last autumn.

"I'm from Glasgow so I didn't know Lorraine off the TV. She just struck me as someone who could hold a tune," said impresario Robert C Kelly, who is behind the show. But having gotten through that ordeal, Ms Keane and her singing pals now face what could be their Waterloo: an appearance on this Friday's 'Late Late Show'.

"We were just saying, remember the first Boyzone appearance; if we make a mess of it, it will come back to haunt us forever," joked Lorraine.

But before their opening in Dublin at the Gaiety Theatre on April 10, the girls will have plenty of rehearsal as they tour the country together.

However, they have already taken steps to make sure they don't have the same sort of falling out Linda Martin had with Twink after the former Eurovision winner allegedly heard her co-star discussing her through an open hotel window, following a performance of 'Menopause: The Musical' in May 2010.

"We've been warned to keep our windows closed," joked cast member Ms Sexton.

For Ms Fay, it will be the first work she has done since the birth of her second daughter, Nancy, on December 6,

'Girls Night: The Musical' starts its nationwide tour in the Moat Theatre, Naas, Co Kildare, on February 1.

Irish Independent