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A theatre must.
Member Name: kama0529
Advantages: Very watchable. Great score. Will appeal to all ages and backgrounds.
Disadvantages: Bit long in parts.
I have seen Blood Brothers six times - both in the West End and on tour - and I think it is a wonderful musical which offers both drama and comedy. For me its one of those musicals that is easily accessible in as much as it appeals to a wide range of people, including those who are not typical theatre goers.
Essentially it focusses on the relationship between a pair of twins separated at birth who become best friends (blood brothers) despite being from opposite ends of the tracks. They are unaware that they are related and their lives are intricately linked from birth right through to their untimely deaths. There are periods within the show where I switch off a little - particularly I find the parts where the twins are very young children (always played by adults) to be a little long and unconvincing. However, these periods do provide humour and are necessary to the development of their relationship.
However, the star of the show is always, without question, their birth mother who steals the show, especially in the last scene with the memorable and haunting "Tell me its not true" rendition. You'll be singing this song for weeks afterwards! I saw Lyn Paul in the role of Mrs. Johnston recently and I have to say she was the best Mrs. J I have ever seen. Her experience and passion shone through!
Summary: Established musical which hits all the buttons.