The Commitments is set in Dublin in 1986 and centres band manager, Jimmy Rabbitte and a group of hopeful musicians. Jimmy wants nothing more than to manage musicians similar to his Black soul and blues idols but after auditioning a group of so called musical talent, he finds himself with a group of white Irishmen who couldn’t be further from Tin Pan Alley.
Dubbing themselves “The Commitments” due to their committed work ethic, the band of misfit Irish folk work together to attempt to start a Dublin soul revolution. Whilst the show will be led largely by the narrative rather than being a traditional “jukebox” musical, Audience members will recognise popular soul songs such as “Mustang Sally,” “Take Me To The River” and “Try a Little Tenderness,” however they may find that they are sang with a difference!
The musical promises to be as popular and hilarious as the celebrated film (widely dubbed as Irelands best film ever!) as Roddy Doyle himself has written the script. The show is directed by Jamie Lloyd and currently stars Denis Grindel as Jimmy, John McLarnon as Outspan, and Brian Gilligan as Deco.
Brian previously played the role of Billy "The Animal" Mooney after being discovered singing in the corridors of the Palace Theatre by the show's associate director!
The Commitments arrived just months after the opening of Once, a similarly Irish musical that enjoyed great reviews both on Broadway and on London’s West End.