The musical is based on the 1987 novel, by Roddy Doyle. Following the books adaption into a movie in 1991, Doyle turned down offers to turn the novel into a musical.
Officially confirmed on 19 April 2013, in Ireland, producers announced that the show would play the Palace Theatre, with tickets going on sale everywhere on 23 April. Despite initially looking to hire another writer to write the book for the musical, Doyle ended up writing the show himself. The show will be directed by Jamie Lloyd, with choreography by Ann Yee, set design by Soutra Gilmour, sound design by Rory Madden and lightning by Jon Clark. Ticket prices for the show began at £10, with all preview tickets half price.
West End (2013)
The Commitments began previews on 21 September 2013, at the Palace Theatre, London, before holding its official opening night on 8 October. On 20 August 2013, casting was announced with Denis Grindel playing Jimmy Rabbitte, Killian Donnelly playing Deco, Ben Fox playing Joey Fagan, Sean Kearns as Jimmy Rabbitte’s father and Sarah O’Connor, Stephanie McKeon and Jessica Cervi playing The Commitmentettes.
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Commitments (The) (2013-10-Palace Theatre-London)Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Palace Theatre (Londres - Angleterre) Durée : 2 ans 3 semaines Nombre : Première Preview : samedi 21 septembre 2013Première : mardi 08 octobre 2013Dernière : dimanche 01 novembre 2015Mise en scène : Jamie Lloyd • Chorégraphie : Ann Yee • Producteur : Avec : Denis Grindel (Jimmy Rabbitte), Killian Donnelly (Deco), Sarah O’Connor (Imelda), Stephanie McKeon (Natalie), Jessica Cervi (Bernie), Ben Fox (Joey ‘The Lips’), Mark Dugdale (Derek), Brian Gilligan (Billy), Andrew Linnie (Dean), Joe Woolmer (Mickah), Matthew Wycliffe (Outspan), Padraig Dooney (Ensemble)Presse : "The biggest compliment I can pay Jamie Lloyd’s production is to say that it really has got soul. It’s memorably gritty at times (the swear-word count is exceptionally high) and also proves wonderfully funny and touching."
Charles Spencer for Daily Telegraph
"If only Doyle – who adapted his own book – and director Jamie Lloyd had tried to give things some semblance of plot, still more some properly defined characters, they might have broken the jukebox-musical mould. Instead, this show simply buys into a form that has delivered big profits in the West End, and probably will here, too. "
Lyn Gardner for The Guardian
" It offers a pumpy night out full of noisy tunes played by a musically competent cast.I found it all faintly exhausting and blunt. Go to this show if you want lots of music and swearing. Do not go if you want insights or variety of tone and pace."
Quentin Letts for The Daily Mail
"The evening is much more successful as a staggered gig than as drama."
Paul Taylor for The Independent
"Has plenty of pace and energy."
Henry Hitchings for The Evening Standard
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