The Commitments cast 'Reach Out' to support local charity
Through the fantastically feel-good musical’s run in Oxford, the cast invited audiences to donate their loose change to Oxford New Theatre’s Charity of the Year.
Soundabout‘s aim is to see all children, young people and adults with severe and profound disabilities and severe communication difficulties enjoy and participate in the world around them while using music, rhythm and sound as a means of communication, expression, learning, social interaction and personal development.
Soundabout’s Chief Executive, Mark Smyth said “Soundabout are proud to be the New Theatre‘s Charity of the Year for 2017 and the support of the Commitments cast was phenomenal. This is such a fantastic prospect to build the synergy between this historic theatre and the disabled children and adults we give a voice through music, sound and rhythm.“
The Commitments received huge critical acclaim following the September 2013 World Premiere in London. Opening to rave reviews, it was quickly hailed as a smash hit musical sensation. The Sunday Times awarded the show five stars, saying “The Commitments is the musical we’ve been waiting for. So good, our critic almost weeps.” The Daily Telegraph and The Times both gave the show four stars and the Daily Mail said the show was “a fabulous fun night out."
The show has been adapted for the stage by Booker Prize-winning author Roddy Doyle, from his original novel. Directed by C Jay Ranger, The Commitments is packed with more than 20 classic soul songs performed live on stage including: ‘Night Train’, ‘Try A Little Tenderness’, ‘River Deep’, Mountain High’, ‘In The Midnight Hour’, ‘Papa Was A Rolling Stone’, ‘Save Me’, ‘Mustang Sally’, ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’, ‘Thin Line Between Love and Hate’, ‘Reach Out’, ‘Uptight’, ‘Knock On Wood’, ‘I Can't Turn You Loose’ and more!