Casting for the eagerly anticipated stage version of Roddy Doyle's The Commitments has been announced. The musical, about an unlikely bunch of young Dubliners who come together - and ultimately fall apart - as a crack '60s-style soul band, begins previews at the West End's Palace Theatre on 21 September.
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What's it all about?
First it was a best-selling novel, then an international smash-hit movie that spawned a chart-topping band. Now Roddy Doyle's classic story of a motley bunch of Irish kids who find salvation through soul music comes to the stage for the very first time.
More than two years in the making, this musical take on The Commitments has been adapted from the novel by Booker Prize-winning author Doyle himself and energises and inspires like never before. Rest assured that your favourite sixties soul blasters Mustang Sally, Mr Pitiful and a host of other classic numbers feature front-and-centre.
It's directed by Jamie Lloyd, whose other recent successes include the sellout Trafalgar Studios production of Macbeth starring James McAvoy, and Urinetown the Musical at the St James Theatre Victoria and in the West End.
Experience the sparkling, power-packed Commitments musical on its world premiere run, featuring a super-hot young cast.
What's the story?
The Commitments is the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced. The combo's hilarious, poignant journey starts with two down-at-heel members of a rubbish synth combo playing in a shop window to utterly disinterested passers-by. The hapless duo turns to neighbourhood music expert Jimmy Rabbitte for help.
Jimmy places an ad in a local music paper and is soon auditioning the wannabes that will eventually become The Commitments. Expect big laughs as they get to know each other and their instruments and proceed through early rehearsals for their first gig.
The band proves an explosive live proposition and keeps getting better with every show. But at the moment real success approaches, the musicians' volatile relationships threaten to tear down everything they've worked for.
Who's in it?
The show is written by Roddy Doyle, whose best-selling novels include The Snapper, The Woman Who Walked Into Doors and Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.
Director Jamie Lloyd's prior London theatre credits include She Stoops To Conquer at the NT, the Olivier-nominated Piaf at the Donmar Warehouse and Vaudeville Theatre, and The Duchess of Malfi at the Old Vic.
Musical Director Alan Williams' previous work includes the West End productions of A Chorus Line, Spamalot, Jerry Springer - The Opera, Billy Elliot and Mamma Mia! among many others.
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The Commitments reviews - staff
The first part of Roddy Doyle’s eponymous ‘Barrytown trilogy’ comes glaringly to life on stage at the Palace Theatre, with The Commitments. Poor Jimmy Rabbitte has a vision of creating the best sounding Soul Band in Dublin, and boy does he, but with their increasing success, will they set aside their bickering and backstabbing ?! First rate performances from a strong Irish cast make the Commitments one of the most memorable nights out in 2014. Go see it!
Raucous and fun musical production with brilliant renditions of many classic soul hits. I haven’t actually seen the film or read the book, but you don’t need to; it’s a highly entertaining production in its own right. For me, the star of the show is Killian Donnelly as Deco, the lead singer of the band, who belts out hit after hit with attitude. You’ll be dancing in your seat by the end of the show.
I really enjoyed the show, it was an absolutely great night out. The music was great! I could have stayed and sung-a-long forever at the end.
Roddy Doyle's classic story of a motley bunch of Irish kids comes to the West End with a bang. With toe-tapping tunes from start to finish, this is a show will get you up and dancing in your seat. Did I mention the singing? The talent of the lead vocalist will send shivers down your spine and accompanied by a strong cast of instrumental talent this show is all about the music.
Did You Know?
The open auditions held in Ireland drew in young hopefuls who queued from 5 in the morning and for as long as 7 hours. True commitment to The Commitments!
Please note that the front row of the Grand Circle have restricted leg room
The Commitments songs
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- Glenn Rice
- 21st Aug 2013
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- TheatrePeople.com Staff
- 23rd Apr 2013