“This show really is about the music, and it was a real treat to see the performers also playing their instruments on stage”.
Whether you are a fan of the original 1991 film, written by Roddy Doyle, or just a lover of sweet soul music, The Commitments is a sure fire hit with its infectious string of hits, incredible vocal performances and good old-fashioned Irish craic. The original stage show of The Commitments was born in 2013 and stayed in the West End for over 2 years, which is where I saw the show for the first time. Fast forward to 2023 and the show still has all the Irish charm it did back then.
The show opens on a drunken Christmas party at the local sweet factory and ‘Proud Mary’ is the choice for the guests to sing. Deco (Ben Morris) takes the microphone and is instantly a hit with Jimmy (James Killeen) as the “voice” for his new creation. Jimmy wants nothing more than to bring this new “sexy” music to the people of Dublin and with Deco on board he holds auditions to complete the band. There ensues a veritable mix of the weird and wonderful wanting to join the band, however Jimmy has a clear vision and none of the auditionees quite hit the mark.