The Commitments (West End)Autumn 2013
Posted 13 April 2013 - 09:24 AM
Posted 13 April 2013 - 09:28 PM
Interestingly, I read (bizarrely, on Wales online) that a lot of the audience for The Full Monty were poorly behaved hen parties out for the Chippendales shouting "Get it off!" or words to that extent. The Commitments is to jukebox musicals what The Full Monty (film, haven't seen play) is to the Chippendales - that aspect (soul and stripping respectively) is of course integral to story, but it's only one relatively minor theme. If they pull it off it will be great, but if they try and make it Viva Forever or Rock of Ages they'll ruin it (might be unfair, haven't seen either show). If an audience wants stripping at The Full Monty they've got an awful lot of unemployment, depression and crises to deal with, and I hope that any audience to The Commitments will have to get through the other ideas - what a struggle being in a band can be, mainly - before they get the real belters. For any fans of Wittertainment, it's like if there were to be a musical about Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy - it's not about spying. In that way, oddly enough, The Commitments shouldn't be a jukebox musical like Tinker Tailor! Live! shouldn't be a spy musical.
Posted 14 April 2013 - 07:51 AM
I only referred to it as a "jukebox musical" in that there is a ready-made canon of musical numbers & because I expect it will use existing material, but it might not. The very reason that I think it will work is that it has a decent plot & defined characters.
Posted 19 April 2013 - 03:57 PM
Posted 19 April 2013 - 04:10 PM
Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:14 PM
ALW no longer owns the Palace so he can't just put a show in - he has to vie with every other producer to get a lease. And given his recent track record with new shows .....
And who could see that the road would twist
Posted 19 April 2013 - 10:14 PM
Booking has gone online on the Nimax website for The Commitments and previews are well priced with £32.50 being the top price and a fiver for balcony tickets.
Posted 20 April 2013 - 05:43 AM
Posted 20 April 2013 - 07:04 PM
It was meant to have a big media launch but Margaret Thatchers funeral meant it had to be moved back a week. Not sure why tickets are already of sale.
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