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By Roddy Doyle


Palace Theatre, London 2014-2015
2nd Year

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 improve and 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.

Featuring soul classics Night Train, Try A Little Tenderness, In The Midnight Hour, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Save Me, Mustang Sally, and many more.


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October 11, 2021 in Commitments, Media

The Commitments Review – Dublin Live

DUBLIN LIVE: THEATRE REVIEW The Commitments is undoubtedly the most unadulterated feel good celebration of soul to ever grace the Bord Gais Energy Theatre stage.
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October 11, 2021 in Commitments, Media

The Commitments Review – Irish Daily Mail

IRISH DAILY MAIL: THEATRE REVIEW Spine-Tingling Soul Played in Perfect Pitch
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October 11, 2021 in Commitments, Media

The Commitments Review – Carn’s Theatre Passion

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September 28, 2021 in Commitments, Media

The Commitments Review – The Sunday Times

THE SUNDAY TIMES: REVIEW ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ The Commitments is the musical we’ve been waiting for — so good, our critic almost weeps
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