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Blood Brothers (Musical)

Willy Russell

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Full Length Musical, Drama

5m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573080647

Book, Music and Lyrics by Willy Russell

"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

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Full Length Musical

Drama

"Tell me it's not true. Say it's just a story..."

Blood Brothers, by the author of Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine, is a haunting rags to riches tragedy of our times. A woman with numerous children to support surrenders one of her new born twins to the childless woman she cleans for. The boys grow up streets apart, never learning the truth 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 lives of the blood brothers, who die on the day they find out they are related.

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"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

Characters

CASTING

5m, 3f

CASTING NOTES

Plus small Chorus

Rental Materials
10 Piano/Vocal Score
Keyboard 1
Keyboard 2
Clarinet
Saxophone (Soprano & Alto)
Trumpet
Violin/Acoustic Guitar
Electric Guitar
Bass Guitar
Percussion
Drums
Song Samples

Prologue (Ensemble)

Marilyn Monroe (Mrs Johnstone, Ensemble)

Shoes Upon The Table (Narrator)

Long Sunday Afternoon (Mickey)

Bright New Day (Mrs Johnstone, Ensemble)

Light Romance (Narrator, Mrs Johnstone)

Tell Me It's Not True (Mrs Johnstone, Ensemble)

Videos
  • Blood Brothers TV Spot

  • Blood Brothers 1993 Tony Awards

  • Tour Press Launch

Author

Willy Russell

Willy Russell’s career spans more than four decades; born in Liverpool in 1947, he left school at 15, became a women’s hairdresser, part-time singer/songwriter performing on the local folk scene, before returning to education and becoming a teacher Whilst at St Katharine’s College, Willy began writing drama and, in 1972, took a programme of three one-act plays to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival ... view full profile

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