The Commitments

tcMusical written by Roddy Doyle. Based on the novel of the same name, also written by Roddy Doyle

Palace Theatre, London. 8 October, 2013


Jimmy Rabbitte aspires to manage the world's greatest band, with only one music in mind: soul. Disgusted with bands in Ireland, he assembles a soul band in the tradition of Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, and Wilson Pickett. Jimmy holds auditions at his parents' home and assembles a group of young musicians. Unlike his idols, Jimmy's band is white. With the help of Joey "The Lips" Fagan, the veteran musician of the band who has unlikely stories about meeting and working with famous musicians, Jimmy begins to whip the members into shape - coming together beautifully onstage, only to have the group fall apart in a clash of egos.

Main Songs

  1. You Keep Me Hangin' On
  2. Knock On Wood
  3. In The Midnight Hour
  4. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted
  5. I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)
  6. I Heard It Through the Grapevine
  7. Reach Out I'll Be There
  8. I Take What I Want
  9. I Can't Turn You Loose
  10. Think
  11. Thin Line Between Love and Hate
  12. Save Me
  13. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
  14. Papa Was a Rollin' Stone
  15. Night Train
  16. Mr. Pitiful
  17. Uptight (Everything's Alright)
  18. Mustang Sally
  19. Try a Little Tenderness

Featured Songs

  1. Master and Servant
  2. Blue Monday
  3. Don't You Want Me
  4. Whiskey in the Jar
  5. McDonald's Girl
  6. Brass in Pocket
  7. We Don't Have to Take Our Clothes Off
  8. Relax
  9. Addicted to Love
  10. New Year's Day
  11. I Want to Take You Higher
  12. I Wanna Be Your Dog
  13. Tubular Bells
  14. All You Need Is Love
  15. Moon River
  16. Courtin' In The Kitchen
  17. Jimmy Jimmy
  18. Rudy, A Message to You
  19. Bring It On Home to Me

Principal roles