In June 2010, Derek Mooney hosted a TV Series called Fame: The Musical, to find the lead parts of Nick and Serena for the stage production Fame. After a marathon series of auditions, Ben Morris and Jessica Cervi were announced as the winners.
Ben Morris and Jessica Cervi
Now, just three years later, Jessica Cervi is starring in a new West End production of The Commitments. Derek went to see the production, and to meet Jessica, and today he tells us how he got on!
Jessica Cervi, who plays the part of Bernie Mcglouchlin in Roddy Doyle's adaptation of The Commitments
Palace Theatre London
Top Billing - Jessica Cervi's name appears first on the list of 'cast' credits for the West End production of The Commitments
Lighting up the West End - The Commitments at the Palace Theatre on Shaftsbury Avenue
The show, which has been more than two years in the making, has been adapted from the novel by Booker prize winning author Roddy Doyle himself and is directed by the award-winning Jamie Lloyd.
The Commitments is the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians and friends into an amazing live act, the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced. The show follows the journey of two members of a frustrated synthesizer band who turn to Jimmy, the local music expert, for help.
Jessica Cervi plays as Bernie, one of "The Commitmentettes" (alongside Stephanie McKeon as Natalie and Sarah O’Connor as Imelda).
The production features soul classics Night Train, Try A Little Tenderness, In The Midnight Hour, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Save Me, Mustang Sally, and many more.
Tickets for The Commitments (at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End) are available at www.thecommitmentslondon.com. For the moment, they are for sale up until January 26th.
During his time in London, Derek also went to see the new West End production of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, and the location near Tower Bridge which was home to Bridget Jones in the movie of the same name.
Choco-holics have plenty to feast on at Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Wonka memorabilia - you can get everything from key rings to calculators!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane London - a must see!!!
Location for Bridget Jones: The Globe pub in the Borough Market, London Bridge
Borough Market, London Bridge
The location for Bridget Jones