So after 13 years Blood Brothers has come back into my life. The last time I was reading the play for my GCSE’s and now it’s Willy Russell’s stage production of the hit musical.
Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving story of twin boys separated at birth, only to be reunited by a twist of fate and a mother’s haunting secret. This role of the iconic figure of Mrs Johnstone is played amazingly by Maureen Nolan and on the opening night at the Rhyl Pavilion you could sense the emotion and the passion that she gives the character.
Act One shows the more light hearted side of the story of the twin boys from when they are born but then separated to when they are teenagers and start to be interested in girls.
The characters of the twins Mickey and Eddie, played by Sean Jones and Joel Benedict respectively, could not be played any better as both give their characters a really balanced account of both humour and seriousness throughout the show.
The show also includes hit musical songs A Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.
Act Two gives the darker account of the boys lives as Eddie goes to university while Mickey loses his job after finding out his girlfriend, Linda played by Danielle Corlass, is pregnant. The couple struggle and Mickey’s life goes downhill.
The show can’t be mentioned without the inclusion of Marti Pellow’s role as the Narrator. His role throughout the scenes pulling the show together with his devil advocate presence and singing with Maureen Nolan is pure top class and unique.
At the end of the evening the theatre erupted with a standing ovation and thoroughly deserved to. Everyone in the audience were laughing and crying throughout the performance with its emotional rollercoaster of emotions.
The show is hailed as one of the best musicals of all time and rightly so. Blood Brothers, written by award-winning playwright Willy Russell has triumphed across the globe. Scooping up no less than four awards for best musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway, Blood Brothers is simply unmissable and unbeatable. This epic tale of Liverpool life ran in London’s West End for 24 years and exceeded 10,000 performances. It is one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone.
Blood Brothers is on at the Rhyl Pavilion until the Saturday 2nd May, evening performances at 7:30pm Wednesday 29th April & Saturday 2nd May Matinee Performances at 2:30pm
For more details and booking visit the Rhyl Pavilion website at www.rhylpavilion.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01745 33 33 00