The Commitments carry on partying at Palace Theatre

The Commitments. Images Johan Persson.
The Commitments. Images Johan Persson.

The Commitments are celebrating after learning that the musical is to continue its sell-out run at London’s Palace Theatre.

It has proved a huge hit with audiences since first opening in September 2013. The current booking has now been extended until September 13.

Producer Phil McIntyre said: “The response from audiences has been quite incredible and we are thrilled the show will continue its residency at The Palace Theatre.”

Since September the lead role of Deco has been played by Brian Gilligan, who played drummer Billy ‘The Animal’ Mooney last year.

Natalie, Brian & Sarah in The Commitments.
Natalie, Brian & Sarah in The Commitments.

Brian’s appointment to the role was serendipitous. Associate director, C Jay Ranger, was making her way upstairs to the offices when she heard an astonishingly powerful, stirring voice launch into the vocals of Marvin Gaye’s soul classic ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’.

She followed the sound and discovered Brian Gilligan, headphones on and in a world of his own, in a musical moment that would change his life.

Ranger immediately recommended Brian to director Jamie Lloyd, who saw him for an audition and Brian was cast only a few weeks later.

The Commitments is the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians into an amazing live act, the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced.

The show follows the journey of two members of a frustrated synthesiser band – the opening scene has them playing but 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 cast are celebrating St Patrick’s Day a little early. Watch their new, sensational trailer.

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