Thursday, April 25, 2013

20 Years Ago Today: Blood Brothers

Here's the next in a series of blogs featuring the musicals that opened 30, 20 and 10 years ago.  Others in the series can be found under the "Back in Time" tab at the top of the page.  (Scroll to the bottom of that page.)

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The Playbill

One of the Window Cards and the Souvenir Brochure

Two of the Cast Recordings

Original Cast Production Photos

Show: Blood Brothers
Theatre: Music Box Theatre
Opening Night: April 25, 1993
Performances: 13 previews, 840 performances
Tonys: 6 nominations including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Actor Con O'Neill, and Best Actress Stephanie Lawrence; 0 wins.
Who's Who 20 Years Later: This score was the last on Broadway (to date) for Willy RussellCo-director Bill Kenwright (Tony Nomination - Best Director) has gone on Producer, including: Passing Strange, Equus and Guys and Dolls (2009).  Original cast members included several London cast members, none of whom have returned to Broadway, including Tony nominees Con O'Neill, and the late Stephanie Lawrence (she passed away in 2000).  Other cast members included John Schiappa (Take Me Out, Assassins, Wicked, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, The Other Place; James Clow (Assassins, She Loves Me, Wonderful Town, White Christmas); Barbara Walsh (Big: The Musical, Company, Hairspray); Kerry Butler (Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors, Xanadu (Tony nomination), Rock of Ages, Catch Me If You Can, The Best Man.  Blood Brothers' alumni are perhaps the most telling: Petula Clark, Carole King and Helen Reddy all played Mrs. Johnstone; David Cassidy and Shaun Cassidy played brothers Mickey and Eddie, and Adrian Zmed once played The Narrator.

Petula Clark, Carole King, Helen Reddy as Mrs. Johnstone

David Cassidy as Mickey and Shaun Cassidy as Eddie

John Schiappa

Barbara Walsh

James Clow

Kerry Butler


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