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Blood Brothers: A Musical

Blood Brothers: A Musical
Your Price: $14.95 CDN
Author: Willy Russell
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 76
Pub. Date: 1985
ISBN-10: 057308064X
ISBN-13: 9780573080647

About the Play:

Blood Brothers is a full-length musical drama by Willy Russell. Twin English brothers are separated at birth, with one raised in wealth and the other in poverty, and grow to be friends and then bitter enemies without knowing their blood connection.

A Liverpudlian West Side Story, the play is a haunting rags to riches story of twin brothers separated at birth because their mother cannot afford to keep them both. A woman with numerous children to support surrenders one of her new born twins to the childless woman she cleans for, the wealthy Mrs Lyons. The boys grow up streets apart, never learning the truth of their fraternity but becoming firm friends and falling in love with the same girl. One prospers while the other falls on hard times. A narrator warns that a price has to be paid for separating twins: the life of the blood brothers who die on the day they find out they are related.

One of the longest-running and most successful ever West End musicals, Blood Brothers premiered at the Liverpool Playhouse in January 1983 and subsequently transferred to the Lyric Theatre, London. It was revived in the West End in 1988 for a long-running production and opened on Broadway in 1993 where the show was nominated for six TONY awards.

Cast: 3 women, 5 men, plus small chorus.

What people say:

"The most exciting thing to have happened to the English musical theatre for years." — Punch

"A full bodied musical, a wonderful melodrama that is also a thoroughly modern ballad opera." — Wall Street Journal

"There are so many good things to shout and sing about in this new musical." — Daily Mail

"Deeply moving." — London Broadcasting

"Totally beguiling." — City Limits

"A masterpiece — if you haven't seen it, go. If you have, go again." — News of the World

About the Playwright:

Willy Russell is one of the most successful English playwrights of his generation. He is best known for Blood Brothers, Educating Rita, and Shirley Valentine. One of the longest-running musicals in London's West End, Blood Brothers won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 1983, and its 1988 production is still running. Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine were both awarded the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, in 1980 and 1988 respectively. Both plays were made into successful films and are in constant production throughout the world.

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