24 Apr 2013

"The Commitments" gets musical treatment

7:05 am on 24 April 2013

The Commitments by Roddy Doyle is being made into a stage musical, written by the author.

The 1987 novel about a young working class man's efforts to form the "finest soul act in Dublin" was a hit film in 1991, but Doyle turned down requests to adapt it into a musical at the time.

"So I kind of ignored it for years and then as my children got older and I began to bring them to the occasional musical ... I began to enjoy a lot of it," Doyle, 54, said at a press launch for the musical on Tuesday.

Doyle said musicals such as Jersey Boys, Billy Elliot and The Producers captured his imagination and kindled his interest in bringing The Commitments to the stage.

The musical will preview at the Palace Theatre in London starting in September.

Doyle said he originally did not intend to write the musical himself, but discovered while interviewing other writers that he was answering all his own questions himself and so thought that perhaps he should try himself.