Enda Markey will present his acclaimed production of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers at Melbourne’s Alex Theatre St Kilda following an extended Sydney season early this year.
As Mrs Johnstone – one of the most coveted roles in musical theatre – Helen Dallimore leads an acclaimed ensemble cast, including Bobby Fox as Mickey, Josh Piterman as Edward and Michael Cormick as Narrator, in one of the most popular musicals of all time.
Blood Brothers is the hilarious, provocative and heartbreaking musical that tells the unforgettable story of the Johnstone twins. Separated at birth when their mother cannot afford to keep them both, Mickey and Edward grow up streets apart, becoming best friends but never knowing the truth of their heritage. The prophecy that twins who are separated at birth will die on the day they find out their heritage brings this stunningly crafted musical to its shattering but inevitable conclusion.
With a book, music and lyrics by Willy Russell (Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine), the London production of Blood Brothers ran for more than 24 years, winning every British “Best Musical” award along the way. It is one of only three musicals in history to play for more than 10,000 performances – the other two are Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera.
Yes, the bodies you see are perfect specimens of sculptured sixpacks and biceps you could walk over and get at least 2000 steps in. But they are muscles moving bodies in marvellous ways. These boys can dance and every movement is potent.
To pee or not to pee. It sounds like a lowbrow take on the infamous Hamlet quote. One that a philistine would utter while their cronies scoff and drink mead and the thespians nearby cringe while nibbling on breast of peacock.