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The Commitments (West End)

Autumn 2013

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#11 freckles

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 07:24 AM

View Postpopcultureboy, on 27 February 2013 - 05:32 PM, said:

Is there any interest in a stage production of a film that doesn't have a particularly huge or passionate following? Are they just hoping to piggyback on the goodwill generated by Once?

The film did have quite a big following, didn't it? As a student in the 80s, my friends & I loved it & I remember a lot of tribute bands. The music is good, the story is good, I think this could work. It will certainly be more upbeat than Once, and as a "jukebox"/semi-concert performance I think it will be similar to Jersey Boys.

I'm very keen to see this, although I agree that the Palace seems a very big venue & not quite right. I'd love it if it were Niamh Perry too!

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 03:38 PM

It’s not just the Palace that is all wrong for this – it’s the West End full stop. The Commitments is a half-remembered film from 20 years ago, and reviving it because of its ‘jukebox’ element smacks of creative bankruptcy. I can see a few hen parties going to bellow along to ‘Mustang Sally’ if this were at the Princess in Torquay, but will they trek into London and pay £60 for it – particularly if there are no big names in the cast? I don’t imagine it having much appeal to foreign tourists either, and many musicals live or die on their patronage.

I would urge the producers to think again before putting money into this.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 05:12 PM

Id say its got a small cult following but not mass appeal

#14 MrBarnaby

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 08:42 PM

Design by Soutra Gilmour... Opening August I believe...

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:05 PM

View PostTitan, on 12 April 2013 - 05:12 PM, said:

Id say its got a cult following but not a big following

Was that a typo?

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:34 PM

View PostMrBarnaby, on 12 April 2013 - 08:42 PM, said:

Design by Soutra Gilmour... Opening August I believe...

Soutra Gilmour is a frequent collaborator with Jamie Lloyd so not surprising.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:35 PM

I'm about as excited by this as I was for Viva Forever. And the initial art work looks equally naff.

#18 MrBarnaby

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:48 PM

That looks temporary to me.. But then you never know..

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 03:19 AM

It's Phil mac producing - great producer

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 09:21 AM

The difference between this & Viva is that the music is really good & there is already a decent story with a band performing, so the songs don't have to be shoehorned in.

I will concede that the film perhaps has a "cult" following rather than a mass one, but I'm certain there IS a following & there will be interest. The film The Sapphires was a similar thing & that was very well received, I think there will be people who loved The Commitments movie or even the original book, and lovers of soul music who will want to see it.

I think some of you are being dismissive, I still think there's a sound basis for a show here & am interested to see what comes out of it. Rather than a cheesy mess it could have soul & heart and actually work - personally I think there is more chance of that with the source material being excellent.




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