The Tower Theatre Foundation tops off St. Patrick’s Day with one of the top Irish movies of all time, “The Commitments” (1991, rated R). Nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, this musical drama tells the often comedic story of unemployed Irish men and women who form a soul band. It was directed by Alan Parker (“Angela’s Ashes,” “Evita,” “Birdy,” “Pink Floyd The Wall”), based on the book of the same name by Irish writer Roddy Doyle, and filmed on location in Dublin.
Disgusted with bands in Ireland, “Jimmy Rabbitte” assembles a soul band in the tradition of Otil Redding, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, and Wilson Pickett. Unlike his idols, Jimmy's band is all white. So he enlists the help of veteran trumpeter, Joey "The Lips" Fagan. Together they whip the rest of the members into shape as “The World’s Hardest Working Band,” only to be challenged by a clash of egos.
The cast, chosen for their musical abilities, delivers energetic performances of many 1960’s soul classics, including “Mustang Sally,” “Take Me to the River,” “In the Midnight Hour,” and “Try a Little Tenderness.”
This special presentation of “The Commitments” is sponsored by Barking Dog Ranch and is a collaboration between the Tower Theatre Foundation and BendFilm. Twist Cocktails will offer Irish and R&B-themed drinks.
The Tower Theatre Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to maintaining and operating the historic theatre and making the best in performing arts available and accessible to all citizens of Central Oregon. Program information, group discounts, gift certificates and individual tickets are available at the Tower Theatre box office, or at www.towertheatre.org.
What: “The Commitments”
When: Thursday, March 17 – 8 pm
Where: Tower Theatre - 835 NW Wall Street - Bend, Oregon
541-317-0700 or TowerTheatre.org