Willy Russell’s writing is spectacular, and Blood Brothers is one of his most amazing pieces. So it’s very exciting the show is coming to Bradford Alhambra from 19 – 23 October 2021.
Bill Kenwright’s legendary production of the smash hit musical is a simply fantastic retelling and almost always performs to sell-out houses to rapturous applause. It’s been christened the ‘Standing Ovation Musical’ as the jaw-dropping, poignant ending simply brings everyone to their feet.
Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins separated at birth, who grow up on the opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with tragic consequences. When Mrs Johnstone, a young mother, is deserted by her husband and left to her own devices to provide for seven hungry children she takes a job as a housekeeper in order to make ends meet. It is not long before her brittle world crashes around her when she discovers herself to be pregnant yet again – this time with twins! In a moment of weakness and desperation, she enters a secret pact with her employer which leads inexorably to the show’s shattering climax.
The score includes hit songs such as A Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.
Lyn Paul returns in the iconic role of Mrs Johnstone in her farewell tour – though in my opinion she should have hung her apron up many years ago as when I last saw the show she completely detracted from the other fantastic cast members. She might be a member of the New Seekers, and she might be a complete legend, but she just isn’t suitable for the role in my opinion.
Joining her is Robbie Scotcher as the Narrator, Joel Benedict as Eddie and Alex Patmore as Mickey.
Don’t miss the show when it comes to the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford this October.