Blood Brothers (Musical)

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Blood Brothers (Musical)

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  3f, 5m

Book, Music and Lyrics by Willy Russell

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.


  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 5m
  • Duration
    Duration
    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Accolades
Accolades
  • Nominated for 6 Tony Awards.
Licence details
  • Licensing fees and rental materials quoted upon application.
    Performance rights for this title are currently withdrawn in the UK. To be informed as soon as it becomes available in the future, please submit a license application.
Blood Brothers (Musical)

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Summary

"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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History
Blood Brothers first appeared at the Liverpool Playhouse in Liverpool, England in 1983. 
Cast Attributes
Performing Groups
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Youth/Camp Programs
  • Tours

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

  • Time Period 1980s, 1960s
  • Setting England. 1960-1980.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Duration More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Cautions
    • Gun Shots
    • Strong Language
    • Mild Adult Themes

Media


"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

ON BREAKING CHARACTER

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Videos

  • Blood Brothers TV Spot

  • Blood Brothers 1993 Tony Awards

  • Tour Press Launch

Music

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)
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra SizeMedium

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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 and became a women’s hairdresser and part-time singer/songwriter performing on the local folk scene before returning to education and becoming a teacher.

Whilst at St Katharine ...

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