The Commitments - The Reviews

Phantom of London
Broadway Legend
joined:3/26/08
The Commitments - The Reviews
Posted: 10/9/13 at 10:40am
2014 Theatre: Billy Elliot***** Meet Me In St Louis*** American Psycho**** Tell Me On A Sunday**** Jeeves and Wooster: Perfect Nonsense* Stephen Ward**** Charlie and the Chocolate factory*** Dirty Dancing** Stephen Sondheim's Puttin It Together*** Candide*** The Lion King***** The Book of Mormon****** Les Miserable***** Stephen Ward**** The Weir**** Fortune's Fool*** Spamalot*** Superior Doughnuts**** Seven Brides For Seven Brothers**** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Finans Rainbow**** The Commitments** Boeing Boeing*** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) The A-Z of Mrs P** Billy Elliot***** Wicked** Good People***** Urinetown***** Spamalot*** The Full Monty**** Other Desert Cities*** Ghosts*** Dirty Rotten Scoundrels***** It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman*** Stephen Ward**** King Lear**** A Taste Of Honey** Blithe Spirit**** From Here To Eternity**** Spamalot*** Fiddler On The Roof** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Relative Values**** Fatal Attraction*** Matilda*****
thespian geek
Broadway Legend
joined:10/1/04
The Commitments - The Reviews
Posted: 10/9/13 at 12:34pm
Almost all of the reviews I've read are mixed with saying the cast is phenomenal but the story isn't what it should be. Though the DailyMail said Killian needs to work on his stage presence and I'm wondering if that person has ever seen Killian on a stage before...
bob8rich
Broadway Legend
joined:10/19/03
The Commitments - The Reviews
Posted: 10/9/13 at 01:24pm
Yes, thespian geek - whenever he steps onto a stage, Killian has physical and vocal presence "in spades"! And he's just been nominated for a BWW award for this performance (after just a few previews) so his presence has obviously made an impression on some people!
THEATRE 2014: Seasons Greetings**** Suessical**** Stephen Ward* Meet Me In St Louis**** A Christmas Carol***** Kiss Me Kate**** Brent Barrett (cabaret)***** Shakespeare4Kidz Macbeth**** Jersey Boys**** Liz Callaway (cabaret)***** From Here To Eternity**** Putting It Together***** The Wit And Wimsy Of Alexander Bermange**** Kerrigan & Lowdermilk concert***** Fame**** Urinetown***** Finian's Rainbow**** Tom**** Songs In The Key Of Streisand***** Shona White (cabaret)***** Run, Fatboy, Run (concert)***** It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman!***** Molly Wobbly***** Bouncers (Swansea Grand)**** Ushers**** The Beautiful Game*****
Phantom of London
Broadway Legend
joined:3/26/08
The Commitments - The Reviews
Posted: 10/9/13 at 03:49pm
The reviews bordered very much on the lackluster side, these reviews are worse than 'Betty Blue Eyes' which didn't last very long, so expect this to discount and if it doesn't find a audience close sooner than later.
2014 Theatre: Billy Elliot***** Meet Me In St Louis*** American Psycho**** Tell Me On A Sunday**** Jeeves and Wooster: Perfect Nonsense* Stephen Ward**** Charlie and the Chocolate factory*** Dirty Dancing** Stephen Sondheim's Puttin It Together*** Candide*** The Lion King***** The Book of Mormon****** Les Miserable***** Stephen Ward**** The Weir**** Fortune's Fool*** Spamalot*** Superior Doughnuts**** Seven Brides For Seven Brothers**** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Finans Rainbow**** The Commitments** Boeing Boeing*** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) The A-Z of Mrs P** Billy Elliot***** Wicked** Good People***** Urinetown***** Spamalot*** The Full Monty**** Other Desert Cities*** Ghosts*** Dirty Rotten Scoundrels***** It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman*** Stephen Ward**** King Lear**** A Taste Of Honey** Blithe Spirit**** From Here To Eternity**** Spamalot*** Fiddler On The Roof** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Relative Values**** Fatal Attraction*** Matilda*****
Jonwo
Broadway Legend
joined:3/16/06
The Commitments - The Reviews
Posted: 10/9/13 at 07:57pm
I think it'll do a year to eighteen months maximum depending on how it fares now that prices are now standard West End, I'm sure producers of shows like Kinky Boots will want the Palace due to its prime location.
lotiloti
Featured Actor
joined:1/23/06
The Commitments - The Reviews
Posted: 10/10/13 at 06:53pm
I'm sorry, but I really didn't like this. All the wonderful humour of the original book, was completely missing. Also, the direction was by someone who didn't know his subject. Someone older, who remembered the period. I think would have made a better job of it.
Phantom of London
Broadway Legend
joined:3/26/08
The Commitments - The Reviews
Posted: 10/12/13 at 07:32pm
Saw this outside the theatre:

The Times****

So 25/40
2014 Theatre: Billy Elliot***** Meet Me In St Louis*** American Psycho**** Tell Me On A Sunday**** Jeeves and Wooster: Perfect Nonsense* Stephen Ward**** Charlie and the Chocolate factory*** Dirty Dancing** Stephen Sondheim's Puttin It Together*** Candide*** The Lion King***** The Book of Mormon****** Les Miserable***** Stephen Ward**** The Weir**** Fortune's Fool*** Spamalot*** Superior Doughnuts**** Seven Brides For Seven Brothers**** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Finans Rainbow**** The Commitments** Boeing Boeing*** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) The A-Z of Mrs P** Billy Elliot***** Wicked** Good People***** Urinetown***** Spamalot*** The Full Monty**** Other Desert Cities*** Ghosts*** Dirty Rotten Scoundrels***** It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman*** Stephen Ward**** King Lear**** A Taste Of Honey** Blithe Spirit**** From Here To Eternity**** Spamalot*** Fiddler On The Roof** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Relative Values**** Fatal Attraction*** Matilda*****
Phantom of London
Broadway Legend
joined:3/26/08
The Commitments - The Reviews
Posted: 10/12/13 at 07:44pm
I could see this running a 12 - 18 months, helped by very good reviews from the Telegraph and The Times, the show is backed up by a decent book, it feels a London version of 'Once' and has the same generation of music as the New York smash hit 'Motown'. I found the musical enjoyable, but has its limitations, stopping it from being a really good musical.

I still love the old bloke in the band, who plays the trumpet, who ends up shagging all three backing singers.
2014 Theatre: Billy Elliot***** Meet Me In St Louis*** American Psycho**** Tell Me On A Sunday**** Jeeves and Wooster: Perfect Nonsense* Stephen Ward**** Charlie and the Chocolate factory*** Dirty Dancing** Stephen Sondheim's Puttin It Together*** Candide*** The Lion King***** The Book of Mormon****** Les Miserable***** Stephen Ward**** The Weir**** Fortune's Fool*** Spamalot*** Superior Doughnuts**** Seven Brides For Seven Brothers**** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Finans Rainbow**** The Commitments** Boeing Boeing*** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) The A-Z of Mrs P** Billy Elliot***** Wicked** Good People***** Urinetown***** Spamalot*** The Full Monty**** Other Desert Cities*** Ghosts*** Dirty Rotten Scoundrels***** It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman*** Stephen Ward**** King Lear**** A Taste Of Honey** Blithe Spirit**** From Here To Eternity**** Spamalot*** Fiddler On The Roof** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Relative Values**** Fatal Attraction*** Matilda*****

 

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