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Mel C, a must see in Blood Brothers.
Member Name: Bexterblue
Advantages: Great storyline
I loved this story at school so I went to see Blood Brothers by Willy Russell this weekend. It is on at the Phoenix Theatre, Charing Cross Road, London. The tickets were stall tickets at about £55 each. A bit pricey however you can get cheaper tickets if you sit in the dress circle or shop around as some websites offer good deals including pre show dinner.
The story is based in Liverpool at the time of the coal mining strikes. Mel C plays the main character, Mrs Johnstone. She is a mother who is struggling to feed her children when she finds herself pregnant yet again. Her husband leaves at this point for a young Marilyn Monroe look alike. She later finds out that she is expecting twins and confides with her wealthy employer, Mrs Lyons who is a childless mother. So desperate to have children, Mrs Lyons forces Mrs Johnstone to give up one of the twins as she can offer the child a better life.
Throughout the story you see the boys live separate lives due to the economic divide however their paths cross at various times which eventually becomes their fate. Eddie and Mickey meet as young boys and become good friends. The boys make a pact and become blood brothers when they find out they share the same birthday. Both mothers become aware of the boys friendship where Mrs Johnstone first is angry however cannot help but love her lost son. However Mrs Lyons resents the friendship and forces her family to move to the country where she believes Eddie will be far away from Mickey and Mrs Johnstone. However fate plays a hand when Mrs Johnstone is re-housed to the country not so far away from the Lyons. This is where the story becomes emotional and thought provoking as two boys who have been brought up in different social classes become friends once again after
years of being a part. This time the different up bringings start to reveal their selfs as Eddie goes off to university and Mickey marries a pregnant Linda, which later transpires Eddie loves too. Money becomes tight as Mickey loses his job and finds himself tempted by his brothers offer of money to be a lookout on a job. Unfortunately it all goes wrong and a man is murdered, Mickey gets convicted for murder as his brother escapes the crime.
Mickey is eventually released from prison however has become reliant on pills to help him through the day which upsets Linda who turns to Eddie now a councillor for his help.
This is where I shall leave the storyline as is this is where the fate unfolds. I do not want to spoil for those who have yet to see. The ending leaves not a dry eye in the house.
Mel C is obviously the most talented from the Spice Girls as she acts and sings with such emotion and passion. She deserved the standing ovation at the end.
I would urge any one to go whilst Mel C is still playing the main role as she really does bring the character of Mrs Johnstone to life.
My only criticisim of Blood Brothers is the set, as it hardlly changes throughout the musical. However this should not stop you going to see it.
Summary: Emotional and thought provoking musical