Blood Brothers – Manchester Review

It was wonderful to be back at the Palace theatre this week and it was amazing to see it so full! The atmosphere was fabulous for the press night performance of Blood Brothers, a favourite musical of mine. I love everything about it, the music, the catchy songs, the humour, the absolute heartache and of course the real Northern gritty tale.

Written by Willy Russell, the legendary BLOOD BROTHERS tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences.

The multi-award-winning Blood Brother’s production has surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End and is one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone! It certainly is one of the best musicals ever written and it;s easy to see why.

Set in Liverpool in the 60’s , Blood Brothers is a story about the Johnstone twins. Separated at birth, one brought up rich and one brought up poor. Despite their mother’s efforts to keep them apart the boys become best friends. But there is no happy ending for the Johnstone twins- fate and superstition saw to that.

The entire cast blew me away. In the press night performance, the role of Mickey was played by understudy Josh Capper. He was fantastic, I especially enjoyed the scenes were he portrayed a seven year old boy. Niki Evans put on an outstanding performance as Mrs Johnstone, especially in such numbers as Tell Me Its Not True and the opening number Marilyn Monroe.

Blood Brothers is now at the Palace Theatre Manchester until Saturday 26th February 2022. To book tickets see here. If you don’t know the story of the Johnstone twins, then you must see it! If you do, then you must see it again…… and again and again and again!

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