Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Could The Commitments Be The Next Show To Rock The West End?

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Rumours are going around theatreland that a new stage show version of the classic 1991 movie The Commitments is being planned and advanced talks are taking place to bring the show to the west end stage.

The Commitments was a hugely successful movie telling of a group of unemployed Dubliners who form a soul band. The movie was filmed on location in Dublin and directed by Alan Parker from a screenplay adapted by Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais, and Roddy Doyle and was an international co-production between companies in the UK, Ireland and the United States.

The film featured a cast of mainly unknown actors but had a soundtrack that was packed with timeless soul classic hits including 'Mustang Sally', 'Chain Of Fools', 'Mr Pitful', Bye Bye Baby', 'Take Me To The River' and 'Try A Little Tenderness' and was an international success.

The Commitments focuses on Jimmy Rabbitte who aspires to manage the world's greatest band, with only one type of music in mind: soul. Disgusted with bands in Ireland, Jimmy assembles a soul band in the tradition of his heroes Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and James Brown. Jimmy holds band auditions at his parents' house and assembles together a talented group of young musicians. Unlike his soul idols, Jimmy's band are all white and with the help of Joey "The Lips" Fagan, a veteran musician in the band who tells unlikely stories about meeting and working with famous stars, Jimmy begins to whip the rest of the members into shape - only to have the group eventually fall apart in a clash of egos.

Although this is just rumour and speculation at the moment, a stage version of The Commitments is a very exciting proposition and would appeal to a very large target audience and our sources tell us that advanced negotiations with major producers are now underway so watch this space for further info.

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