First The Commitments 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 London's West End. This new musical take on The Commitments story has been adapted from the novel by Booker Prize-winning author Doyle himself.
The Commitments is the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians and friends into an amazing live act, the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced. The show follows the journey of two members of a frustrated synthesizer band – the opening scene we find them playing but being ignored in a shop window – who turn to Jimmy, the local music expert, for help.
Placing a classified advert in a music paper, Jimmy auditions a number of wannabes before finalising the new line up who he names The Commitments. The humour kicks in as the band get to know each other and their instruments, and proceed through early rehearsals for their first gig. Just as they begin to get a name for themselves they combust. The backing singers are all getting off with the middle-aged horn legend, the singer has entered Eurovision and the saxophone player has dangerous leaning towards a jazz career.
A fabulous fun night out for all the family featuring more than 20 of the greatest soul classics including:
- Night Train
- Try A Little Tenderness
- River Deep, Mountain High
- In The Midnight Hour
- Papa Was A Rolling Stone
- Mustang Sally
- I Heard It Through The Grapevine
- Reach Out
- Knock On Wood, and many more