Blood Brothers (Musical)

Blood Brothers (Musical)

by  Willy Russell

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  5m, 3f

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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Blood Brothers (Musical)
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

"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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Accolades

  • Nominated for 6 Tony Awards.

Reviews


"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

Videos

  • Blood Brothers TV Spot
  • Blood Brothers 1993 Tony Awards
  • Tour Press Launch
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Youth/Camp Programs
  • Tours

Cautions

  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details



  • This title is not currently available for performance. To be informed as soon as it becomes available in the future, please submit a license application.

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1980s, 1960s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: England. 1960-1980.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Medium

Song Samples

Prologue (Ensemble)
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Marilyn Monroe (Mrs Johnstone, Ensemble)
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Shoes Upon The Table (Narrator)
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Long Sunday Afternoon (Mickey)
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Bright New Day (Mrs Johnstone, Ensemble)
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Light Romance (Narrator, Mrs Johnstone)
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Tell Me It's Not True (Mrs Johnstone, Ensemble)
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Casting

5m, 3f

MRS. JOHNSTONE (MOTHER): Female, 30’s  (Range: Mezzo Soprano, F3-C5)
Original Mother of Mickey and Edward. After her husband walks out on her, she is left to take care of her children. Constantly trying to do what is best. Gets a job as a maid to support her children. While she tries her best, she cannot escape the society she has been born into.

NARRATOR: Male, Age Flexible  (Range: Rock Tenor, G3-G4)
“Did y’ hear the story of the Johnstone twins?” Takes the audience through the important sections of the story. Truthful, yet ominous at times. Also appears as Milkman 1, Gynaecologist, Bus Conductor, Milkman 2, Teacher, Rifle Range Man.

MRS. LYONS: Female, 30’s  (Range: Mezzo Soprano, B3-D5)
Mrs. Johnstone’s employer. Kind with good intensions but puts herself first—no matter the cost. Adopts Edward out of desperation towards her own insecurities. A compulsive liar who gets in over her head.

MR. LYONS: Male, 30-40  (Range: Ensemble/Non Singing)
Proper Gentleman from the upper class. Is tricked into thinking his wife has had a child while he was on an extended business trip. Constantly busy, and leaves the homely responsibilities up to his wife.

MICKEY: Male, Plays 7-20’s  (Range: Bari Tenor, D3-E4)
Blood Brother raised in the poor part of town by Mrs. Johnston. A trouble maker pressured by the rules of society.

EDWARD: Male, Plays 7-20’s  (Range: Tenor, D3-A4)
Blood Brother raised in the upper class by Mrs. Lyons. Grows up with a privileged life due to his foster parents—From his opportunities with education to women.

SAMMY: Male, Plays 7-20’s  (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)
Mickey’s Brother. A bully and bad influence on Mickey. Constantly a trouble maker.

LINDA: Female, Plays 7-20’s  (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)
A lovely girl from the neighborhood. Finds the attention of both Mickey and Edward.

CHORUS
Catalogue Man, Finance Man, Children, Policemen, Neighbours, Wedding Guests, Doleites, Councillors, Nurses, Judge

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Casting Notes

The original production of Blood Brothers included only three chorus members. This number can be expanded to any number your organisation requires.

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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

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Authors

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 ...

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Blood Brothers first appeared at the Liverpool Playhouse in Liverpool, England in 1983. 

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