The Commitments and The Book Of Mormon Extend in the West End
Two relatively new additions to the West End musical landscape have announced booking extensions recently, with The Commitments adding new dates into the spring of 2015 and The Book of Mormon allowing audiences an extra two months into the summer of 2014.
The Commitments is based on the novel by Roddy Doyle and opened its doors at the Palace Theatre in September of last year. The latest booking extension allows audiences to pick up theatre tickets well into next year, having originally been booking to September of this year.
The original novel was the first in The Barrytown Trilogy and follows the character of Jimmy Rabbite. He is the man that is going to help a group of musicians become a stand-out soul band in Dublin. These musicians are Derek Scully and ‘Outspan’ Foster and on their own they have no idea how to make it, but with the help of Rabbite they are going to reach unexpected heights.
It being a musical is also features some songs to capture the imaginations of audiences, from Papa Was A Rolling Stone to Mustang Sally, among others, plucked from the back catalogue of some well known artists like Mack Rice and The Undispited Truth, to name but two.
Under the direction of Jamie Lloyd, The Commitments is now booking at the Palace Theatre for date to Sunday 19th April 2015.
The Book Of Mormon, meanwhile, is the hit comedy musical from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, plus Avenue Q co-creator Robert Lopez. It opened at the Prince of Wales Theatre in March 2013 and has proven popular with both audiences and critics.
It tells the story of Mormon missionaries who leave behind Salt Lake City and head out to Uganda to spread the word of the Church of the Latter Day Saints. However, the residents there are more interested with war and disease than religion.
The Book Of Mormon remains at its home of the Prince of Wales Theatre and is now booking up until Saturday 23rd August 2014.