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The Commitments on stage after 25 years

23 April 2013 Last updated at 19:06 BST

Roddy Doyle explains why it has taken a quarter of a century to turn The Commitments into a musical.

The Booker Prize winner's 1987 story about young working class Jimmy Rabbitte's efforts to form the "finest soul act in Dublin" became a hit film in 1991.

Roddy Doyle spoke to 5 live about why he waited so long.