Review: The Opening Night of The Commitments At The Palace Theatre.

Scarlett Meredith | 4th April 2017

The cast of The Commitments. Photo credit: Johan Persson.

The show, based on Roddy Doyle’s 1987 book ‘The Commitments’ began its first night on Tuesday 28th March at The Palace Theatre, Manchester after a ground breaking two year run in London’s West End.
The stars poured onto the red carpet on Tuesday night to witness the opening night of the jolly musical based in working-class Dublin in 1986.

Coronation Street stars past and present such as Denise Welch and Daniel Brocklebank amongst others, turned out to see fellow actor Kevin Kennedy in his revival role as ‘Kevins Da’. The role of which was a seeming favourite amongst the audience with his comical one liners and facial expressions.

Kevin Kennedy as ‘Jimmy’s Da’. Photo credit: Johan Persson.


The opening performance of the hit classic ‘Proud Mary’ was particularly enjoyable with its upbeat energy and comical acting from ‘Deco’ played by Brian Gilligan, also whose singing was fantastic throughout the entire show.

Another incredible vocal talent was provided by Amy Penston who plays ‘Natalie’ alongside ‘The Commitmentettes’ who all showed an extreme range of vocal ability.

While the talent was of an immense quality, the story was also hard-hitting. The show excellently captured the working-class lives of an aspiring band based in Dublin Northside. The sets and costumes also added to the time and class of the story .

This production is otherwise faultless however, the story line did not feel fully compatible for a stage performance although, the entire cast was exceptional throughout the show.

The show promises an enjoyable evening out for all of the family.



Photo credit: Johan Persson.


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