The smash-hit west end musical Roddy Doyle’s ‘The Commitments’ is coming to Dublin’s 3Olympia Theatre as part of the UK and Ireland Tour from 7th - 19th February 2023.
This major UK and Ireland tour of the smash-hit musical will star Coronation Street legend Nigel Pivaro, who appeared in the hugely 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’ in this all-new production.
Roddy Doyle says: “I'm delighted that The Commitments are coming back in 2022 & 2023 and I'm particularly looking forward to seeing how Nigel Pivaro tackles the part of Jimmy Rabbitte's Da.”
Nigel Pivaro says: “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. The Motown Sound is as vibrant today as it was when it first burst through in the Sixties. I love it, but consistent with perfect casting as 'Da', I love Elvis a little bit more.”
Also joining the cast as Billy is Ryan Kelly, a Dublin-based street busker. A video of Ryan performing Irish dancing on Dublin’s Grafton Street went viral in September 2019 and has since been watched over 12 million times. The Commitments’ director Caroline Jay Ranger saw the clip and called Ryan in for an audition. The rest, as they say, is history and Ryan will be making his musical theatre debut in The Commitments.
Other casting includes James Killeen as Jimmy, Michael Mahony as Oustpan, Connor Litten as Dean, Stephen O’Riain as James, Jo Woollmer as Mickah, Hollie O’Donoghue as Imelda, James Deegan as Deco and Mike Lloyd, Joshua Barton and Colm Gleeson make up the male ensemble. Further casting will be announced soon.