Blood Brothers to open 2017 season
Abbey Musical Theatre (AMT) has chosen, as its first production for 2017, one that has a gripping story, great characters and enduring music.
Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers was written in the 1980s, has received the Olivier Award for Best New Musical and is still enjoying sell-out seasons around the world.
When it closed at the Phoenix Theatre, London, in 2012, its revival had run for 24 years and 10,000 performances, making it the third longestrunning musical in West End history. It’s been performed on Broadway.
AMT’s Blood Brothers will run from March 2-19, 2017, at The Auditorium, Centennial Drive.
Production manager John Spelman says Blood Brothers enjoyed a brief professional season when it toured here 15 years ago. ‘‘It was performed to great acclaim and has been on our minds ever since we established our home at The Auditorium’’
Auditions were held earlier this month and AMT has assembled a strong cast of 11 major principals, two understudies and an ensemble. The show marks Barry Jones’s first solo direction for AMT although he co-directed CATS earlier this year. Barry is also musical director.
The contemporary story revolves around two fraternal twins, Mickey and Eddie, who were separated at birth. One was raised in a wealthy family and the other by parents who were financially poor.
The twins’ different backgrounds take them to opposite ends of the social spectrum, one becoming a councillor and the other unemployed and in prison. Their love of the same girl causes huge emotion, conflict and tragedy.
John says the story is dramatic, engaging and contains some of the most memorable musical theatre songs.
Blood Brothers will be staged at The Auditorium, March 2-19, 2017.
Bookings at www.abbeymusicaltheatre.co.nz.
Blood Brothers Michael Doody (left) and Tyrell Beck work out with director Barry Jones.