Sunday 17 December 2017

Bawdy and soul as Commitments head home

Bronagh with her Commitments co-stars Angeline Ball and Maria Doyle Kennedy
Bronagh with her Commitments co-stars Angeline Ball and Maria Doyle Kennedy
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Jimmy Rabbitte is heading home.

Hit musical The Commitments is coming to Dublin for a limited run at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

Based on Roddy Doyle's 1987 novel, it charts the rise and fall of a working-class Dublin soul band.

It was made into a movie in 1991 by Alan Parker and brought Dublin vernacular to a world stage.

Doyle is delighted the show is returning to the capital.

"The story was born in Dublin," he said. "It would never have been written if its author hadn't come from Dublin.


" I'm very, very excited at the prospect of seeing it coming home."

The musical has been playing to capacity audiences in London's Palace Theatre since 2013 and continues to receive rave reviews.

"Watching The Commitments come together and stay for more than two years in London has been a professional and personal thrill," Doyle said.

The show will play at the Bord Gais for a 23-performance run in October next year.

The show is packed with 20 soul classics including Mustang Sally, You Keep Me Hangin' On, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, and Try A Little Tenderness, and is directed by the award winning theatre practitioner Jamie Lloyd.

It features Westmeath man Mark Irwin, Dubliner Padraig Dooney and Sarah O'Connor.

Donegal native Denis Grindel currently stars as Jimmy in the West End.

Following the Dublin run, the musical will then embark on a year-long tour of the UK.

The Commitments was the first in Doyle's Barrytown trilogy comprising of The Commitments, The Snapper and The Van.

The author of the Booker-winning Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha decided to revisit the character of Jimmy Rabbitte in 2013 novel The Guts.

Doyle previously said the financial crisis had encouraged him to return to the characters in his formative novels.

Tickets for The Commitments in Dublin go on sale on October 2.

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