Get ready for a soul explosion on stage — as smash-hit musical The Commitments comes to York.
Adapted from the novel by Booker prize-winning author Roddy Doyle, the show features more than 20 soul classics including River Deep, Mountain High, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Mustang Sally, and I Heard It Through The Grapevine.
It tells the story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working-class music fan who transforms an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians into an amazing live act — which becomes the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced.
The Commitments is at the Grand Opera House from Monday 7 to Saturday 12 November.
The musical stars Coronation Street icon Nigel Pivaro – who appeared in the popular ITV soap between 1983-2012 as the lovable rogue Terry Duckworth. He will be swapping the cobbles for the stage and performing the role of ‘Da’.
Nigel Pivaro said: “I am thrilled to be marking my return to the stage in this production of The Commitments.
“It’s an iconic story that resonates across the years, about people who – though distant from the music’s origins – find communion and expression in the Motown style. A musical genre which was borne out of oppression and which the characters embrace as their own.”
Other casting includes Ian McIntosh as Deco, James Killeen as Jimmy, Stuart Reid as Joey, Ciara Mackey as Imelda, Michael Mahony as Oustpan, Ryan Kelly as Billy, Conor Litten as Dean, Guy Freeman as Derek, Stephen O’Riain as James, Ronnie Yorke as Mickah, Eve Kitchingman as Natalie, and Sarah Gardiner as Bernie.
Maryann Lynch, Alice Croft, James Deegan, Callum Martin, Joshua Barton, Ed Thorpe and Colm Gleeson make up the ensemble.
Tickets start from £13 and are available here.