Blood Brothers – The Musical
Carnivals of the Heart in association with Samuel French present Blood Brothers written by Willy Russell (of Shirley Valentine fame) at the Playhouse Theatre, Somerset West.
Beautifully handled with sensitivity and care by well-known and critically acclaimed local director Darryl Spijkers who recently directed the popular Wizard of Oz, Grease and Of Mice and Men. This version remains true to the Liverpool based script and is set to be yet another landmark musical for Spijkers and his team. Newcomer Kathy Lin heads up the musical direction.
The cast consist of Michelle Galloway, Garth Kitching, Liam Walsh, Jordyn Linklater, Nicolette Fernandes, Cameron Murray, Anne Walsh and Graham Kershaw as well as a small cast of supporting actors and in their hands the story comes to life, fizzing with child-like joie de vivre and soul aching tragedy.
The story is a contemporary nature versus nurture plot, revolving around fraternal twins Mickey and Eddie, who were separated at birth and one raised in a wealthy family while the other raised in a poor family. The twins’ different backgrounds take them to opposite ends of the social spectrum, one becoming a councillor and the other unemployed and in prison. They both fall in love with the same girl, causing a tear in their friendship and leading to the sad and unexpected climax.
The musical won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical and went on to a 24 year run in the West End, becoming the third longest-running musical production in West End history. Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning BLOOD BROTHERS. Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone.
It has been affectionately christened the ‘Standing Ovation Musical’, as inevitably it “brings the audience cheering to its feet and roaring its approval” (The Daily Mail). The superb score includes ‘Bright New Day’, ‘Marilyn Monroe’ and the emotionally charged hit ‘Tell Me It’s Not True’.
You do not want to miss this incredibly talented cast bringing this emotional play to life! Book through Computicket today to avoid missing this spectacular show!