'The Commitments'

Roddy Doyle has adapted a musical version of his novel 'The Commitments'. The show previews from tomorrow at the Palace Theatre in London's West End.

The story of how Jimmy Rabbitte put together Dublin's best soul band ever has already been made into a phenomenally successful film. In this 'Jo Maxi' special on the Dublin premiere of 'The Commitments' from 1991 Director Alan Parker says he never enjoyed making a film quite so much as he did this one. 

Presenter Shauna Lowry talks to the excited cast, including Robert Arkins, Andrew Strong, Glen Hansard, Dave Finnegan, Bronagh Gallagher, Angeline Ball and Maria Doyle Kennedy.

Impressed guests at the Savoy Cinema include John Boorman, John Hurt, Brenda Fricker and Gabriel Byrne. Spot Roddy Doyle in the crowd at the party afterwards, when The Commitments band take to the stage.

This episode of youth programme 'Jo Maxi' was broadcast on 4 October 1991.

The Commitments musical at The Palace Theatre London


 

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