Brothers by Willy Russell
by: Paul Towers, 16
A Bill Kenwright production in association with Bob Swash
DeMontfort Hall 16 - 21 October 2017
'well deserved standing ovation'
When I was told I was reviewing Blood Brothers at De Montfort Hall I thought all my Christmases had come early. Willy Russell's musical about twin boys separated at birth only to be reunited in death is my all time favourite show.
Unusually for a story this tale starts at the end, the brothers dead on the ground. Guided by the Narrator (Dean Chisnall) we are taken back to before they were born and Mrs Johnstone?s habit of popping babies out at a rate of knots provides her with her first set of twins to ad to the brood she was struggling to bring up in a two up, two down terrace in Liverpool.
The mainstay of this show is whoever is playing Mrs Johnstone, the twins' mother. Advertised was Lyn Paul, formerly for the group The New Seekers. Unfortunately she was indisposed and we had her understudy, Sarah Jane Buckley. Wow, what a voice! She steered the show right from the beginning and never put a foot wrong and well deserved the standing ovation she shared with the entire cast at the end.
The set is a very unspectacular street with two rows of down at heel terraced houses and a gantry across the back.
The talented cast backing up Buckley and Chisnall included Sean Jones and Mark Hutchinson as the twins and Danielle Corlass as Linda.
Blood Brothers is at De Montfort Hall until Saturday 21st October. Grab a ticket if you possibly can.
Paul Towers: http://ptheatre.blogspot.co.uk/