The Commitments opens, brings rip-roaring soul to the West End

The Commitments opens, brings rip-roaring soul to the West End

Updated On: May 1, 2018
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    The highly anticipated stage adaptation of Roddy Doyle's THE COMMITMENTS has finally opened at the West End's Palace Theatre.

    Jamie Lloyd's production received four stars from The Telegraph, with Charles Spencer dishing out praise for “the star performance” from Killian Donnelly (Billy Elliot The Musical; Les Misérables) as lead singer, Deco.

    The Independent’s Paul Taylor also described Donnelly as “phenomenal”, and Kate Bassett of The Arts Desk wrote, “The script has urban grit and impish humour, strewn with effing, and Donnelly is absolutely storming. Not only does he have an electrifying, belting voice. He is also pricelessly funny”.

    There was also praise for Denis Grindel, who plays band manager Billy Rabitte with “exactly the right mixture of charm, passion, wit and rat-like cunning” in his London stage debut.

    Doyle's tale about a bunch of working class amateur musicians follows their transformation into Dublin's finest soul band through to self-destruction as egos clash. With such hits as “What Becomes Of The Broken-Hearted”, “I Heard It Through The Grapevine”, “In The Midnight Hour”, “Mustang Sally” and “Try a Little Tenderness”, THE COMMITMENTS really do have soul!