"Good bye" to one of the best musicals of all time !!!
Hope to see you back one day !!
15 Dec 12
Two years after my first visit to the Phoenix, it seems that Blood Brothers, whilst still retaining comic and tragic brilliance, has lost its greatest asset in Natasha Hamilton. - RKJP
17 Oct 12
Sadly we were recommended this show by Leicester Square late booking office....but will not do so to others...money not well spent - Glasgow Friends
24 Sep 12
Still one of the best shows in London. Full of emotion. Wonderful !! - Frank
18 May 12
Saw Blood Bros. (again) on Saturday night..... gosh, Lyn Paul is so incredibly good in the role that it's creepy.... was the role written for her?? Although it has been running over 20 years, the show is timeless. Willy Russell, and Lyn Paul are at the absolute top of their collective games here! Terry Johnson - Terry Johnson
06 Sep 10
I'm surprised at the 5-star reviews. This show has really dated badly. The story is a total cliché and is totally predictable. Where it's not predictable it just doesn't make sense: for example, it's supposed to be about social class but it's actually about mental illness. The music is completely forgettable 80s dross. And, as others have pointed out, there's an inexplicable lyrical obsession with Marilyn Monroe that is just incredibly annoying. - Kavafy
19 Jul 10
I first saw Blood Brothers at the Albery Theatre over 21 years ago with Kiki Dee and Con'Neill amongst the cast. I've seen the show on numerous occasions since but not for several years so was not sure how I'd feel about returning again last night. I have to say it was every bit as good as it always was and in some cases even better. The sets may be looking old but there is nothing jaded about this show. The story remains as it ever did, brilliantly powerful and moving. Take the music away and it is still a strong story. The music just adds more power and emotion. This company was without exception excellent. I loved the pairing of Stephen Palfreman and Richard Reynard as twins Mickey and Eddie both of whom totally inhabited their characters, wonderfully exploring the range of each part as they evolve from young care free boys into men. Excellent support too from Michael Southern as Sammy and Louise Clayton as Linda. I've seen many Mrs Johnstone's over the years. It is indeed an iconic role in musical theatre and in Mel C we have someone who sings those great songs brilliantly and acts wonderfully too. She deserves all the acolades that have come her way for her performance. Blood Brothers never fails to move me. It did once again last night. It remains for me, despite some strong comeptition from those Billy boys, the greatest British musical ever written. Long may it continue :-) - Paul Wallis
02 Apr 10
Well, the reviews here make valid points. The staging does feel old, the music is from another time and in need of a re-work and the set could pass for a 6th form production, but I don't care. This is without doubt the most emotional, honest, heartbreakingly brilliant show you will ever see. The transformation of the 2 boys and their mum and the resulting tear filled ending would get to even the stoniest of hearts. Mel C didn't turn up on the night we went but the initial disappointment went as her understudy (usually Mrs Lyons) sang her first note, a first class performance from Vivienne Carlyle. A must see - AJC1976
19 Jan 10
I've seen this musical several times and have never yet seen a bad peformance. Went to see it again the week Mel C started, we got two tickets for £35 and had great Stalls seats, but I'm an Ambassador member so I got a discount. We thought it was an excellent show, and I'm always struck by the energy and emotion that the cast put into it, they really do seem to live the story. It never fails to move me and I'm always close to tears at the end! - northern_lass
04 Dec 09
have seen BB over 40 times since 1994 and love it ,saw in london first time in about 10years on saturday , because of critics rave review of mel c . firstly prices have shot up cause the ex spice girl is in it , paid £42 at TKTS !!!! mickey (sean) from tour ,eddie was fab best ive seen in years , linda great too , mrs lyons understudy was wooden , and Mel c was ....well mel c .... if i were you i would wait till either nicki evans ,linda nolan , or lyn paul are back in cast , tickets will got down to a reasnoble price and standards will rise , after 21yrs i think Mr Kenwright
could afford a new set , or even a whole new concept for the show for the 21st century , also noticed on way out
top price tickets are going up to £55 !! is this to pay mel c wages ????
perhaps - rob g
23 Nov 09
I am an American who normally gets to London a few times a year mainly to enjoy the work of what I believe to be the most marvelous theatre talent pool in the world. I went to Blood Brothers once, early in this decade and felt that for me it was a worthwhile show to see once. I returned last week (Oct 24) because I was told I really should treat myself to the pleasure of hearing Vivienne Carlyle apply her magnificent voice to the lead role of Mrs Johnstone. Rarely have I heard such a blend of power and mellowness of voice as Ms Carlyle brings to this role. It was a joyous experience just to sit and relish the beauty of this performance, so much so that I'd have been back the next show date had she been on that night. It did not matter that the story is a bit of a reach for my taste. I'd have returned for another serving of Vivienne's virtuoso concert. And I plan to do so again if her turn comes up when I am next in London. There are many bigger celebrities than Vivienne around the West End, but you will look a very long time to find a more golden-toned voice. Consider treating yourself if you have the opportunity. - Barton Denechaud
30 Oct 09
I would just like to say that Blood brothers is not classed as a "musical" it is a play with music and for that reason it shouldnt matter if the music isnt what you like. I think the musical is truely brilliant and has a meaningful and solemn ending. it was set in the 80's so it is supposed to be outdated and you are supposed to know what happens at the end because they show you them getting into their stretchers and being carried off at the beginning. so the plot was supposed to be predictable so that there was a build up in the play so you almost dont want the ending to happen. Im studying this for gcse's and i think it a wonderful theatrical peice that is meaningful and clever.
- Harriet P
11 Oct 09
saw it with my school on 10th july 2008 and thought it was amazing. every actor played their part really well. and lyn paul (mrs johnstone) had an amzing singing voice.
Steven Palfreman(Mickey) and Richard Reynard(Edward) were supuerb! when they were playing the part of a 7 year old boy you actually belived they were 7 years of age!
BRILLIANT! - Rhyyyy
21 Apr 09
Amazing! went with my school, everyone laughed through the first half, and cried at the end. Niki Evans played Mrs Johnston, and was absolutely amazing, such an awesome voice! would see it over and over again, can't understand the bad reviews, clearly people who don't appreciate great shows when they see them :) Got to meet Richard Reynard (eddie) and he was such a nice guy, Stephen Palfreman (mickey) was hilarious, and very convincing at all the ages he acted. Overall, best show ever, amazing music and actors :D must see for everyone :D - Katiee
21 Feb 09
I saw the touring version in Edinburgh with Maureen Nolan, she has an excellent voice but what a disappointing musical - dated and predictable. - FK
16 Feb 09
went to london to see it for the 1st time and it was brilliant !!!!!
me & my partner laughed & cryed as the story ended niki evans did`nt appear but mrs johnston was played by louise davidson who quite simply was excellent!! will go and see it again in manchester in oct. - Ian Harrison
17 Jan 09
i saw the london show on new years eve and have to say having seen it before that it is one of the strongest musicals storywise out there and a big vote of confidence to nikki evans,what a amazing singer. - anthony
17 Jan 09
Friendship The friendship between Eddie and Mickey happens instantly, but is tested throughout the play because of their different backgrounds.
Social class The play highlights the differences between the life experiences of working class and middle class families and the way they are treated by society, such as the policeman acting differently around Mrs Johnstone and Mr Lyons when the children are in trouble.
Violence Runs throughout the play, from Sammy and the other children playing with guns as children to the robbery and violent deaths at the end.
Childhood The play explores the issue of childhood and the different ways the twins are brought up, for example Edward learns from Mickey as his upbringing makes him more like an adult than a child. Their childhood innocence in Act 1 is soon destroyed as they grow up in Act 2.
Nature/nurture When Mickey says “I could have been him” he implies that his life would have turned out differently had he been brought up by Mrs Lyons. Is this true – do we behave in a certain way because of our upbringing (nurture) or is our behaviour down to the personalities that we are born with (nature)?
Superstition Mrs Johnstone believes in lots of superstitions. Her beliefs are used by Mrs Lyons to trap Mrs Johnstone into silence – she tells her that if the boys discover they are twins they will both die. - steph
06 Nov 08
Well acted but on the whole just awful. Typically cheap and tacky Kenwright set - pennies pinched at every turn. I also had trouble with the music - it was so repetitive and what was the obsession with Marilyn Monroe?! The lyrics were just awful. - AA
31 Aug 08
An excellent show. Can't understand why there are so many awful comments about it, but these are probably from people who rate Mamma Mia as the best musical ever (btw its full of cheap jokes, crap acting and no emotion what so ever). Go an see blood brothers. - John
24 Jul 08
i have just watched the first night of blood brothers at wolverhampton's grand theatre starring linda nolan. timing was brilliant, comedy good, singing exellent. What a fantastic show. A standing ovation with 8 curtain calls.Linda put her heart & soul into the part,well done to all concerned and thank you for a brilliant night. keep up the good work. - tom huntington
13 May 08
Having seen Blood Brothers on a number of occasions, it is one of the most contemporary musical dramas I have seen. It is completely original and although some may say predictable - it still manages to bring the audience to tears and a standing ovation each night. The acting within in I particularly find from Mrs Johnstone, played by Lyn Paul, outstanding who completely outshines the whole cast and you are drawn to her as soon as she steps out onto the stage and also from Mrs Lyons who manages to portray the possesive madness to a great degree. The whole play set in the northern parts of the UK should be commended as many musicals now are set in some fictional American town or a completely fantasised place. I feel this brings a real belivable edge to the tale, the music fits and seems to be effortless especially as Lyn Paul manages to bring down the house in "Tell Me It's Not True" with tears streaming down her face. The whole musical is a masterpiece and should be appreciated more. - David
09 Apr 08
When I see utter garbage like this running for 20 years I begin to despair of the theatre going public.
Rubbish tunes, feeble acting and a script that makes light of mental illness - avoid like the plague. - QuincyMD
08 Mar 08
i luved it sooooo, i kind of cried, such good performs and the show was brilliant - Vicki
10 Nov 07
Back to Blood Brothers for the first time for 2-3 years and the first time without a Nolan sister or that bloke who seems to be determined to play Eddie into his old age. Some people seem to look down on this show, but it must be doing something right to have survived so long. In truth at times it does seem a bit tired, but that might be due to over-familiarity. However, that ending never fails and just the last 15 minutes are enough to make me think this was not my last visit. Despite the vast number of times they have played the scene, there are always cast members sobbing at the curtain call and even the most hard-bitten audience member is left surreptitiously brushing away a tear. An absolute must-see for first-timers but still rewarding after all this time. - David Baxter
27 Sep 07
(oops- make that 4 stars!) - Cate Anne
03 May 07
I can totally relate to the review given below (16/4/07) by Timothy Winey. As it happens, I went to London this April and saw two shows on two consecutive evenings: first Wicked, then Blood Brothers. I agree completely with what Tim has said. Wicked lacks substance, Blood Brothers is high tragic drama.
To be fair to Wicked, however, it really depends on what it is you want to see. All musicals are, and always have been, located on a scale with ‘musicality’ at one end, and ‘dramatic substance’ at the other. Of course, the very best- or at least the most popular- are slap bang in the middle of the scale.
On the one hand we have Blood Brothers: very dramatic, perhaps almost too much so. I personally thought that although the songs were fantastic, they were a little overused, as were the Eastenders-style drums, and foreboding narrator (yes, we KNOW it’s dramatic irony- get on with it!!). Having said that, it was also an intelligent, thought-provoking, true ‘theatre’ experience, which is why it is so widely used as an exam textbook in schools. Other musicals I’d place in this category include Miss Saigon, possible Jesus Christ Superstar, and Les Mis- incidentally, I think this musical hits the perfect combination of music and drama.)
Wicked, along with Cats, Starlight Express and Lion King, is pure fluff. And, on that level, I enjoyed it. I actually thought the music was pretty spectacular, and, yes, I must admit to being wowed by Defying Gravity and No Good Deed. To each their own. Surely there are room for both types in our theatres? Comparing them critically does each a disservice: apples and oranges, as they say.
But back to Blood Brothers. I highly recommend this show, and take a tissue or three. Be warned, it is utterly devoid of glitz; it is tough stuff, and a brain is required. But it is most certainly the better for it.
- Cate Anne
03 May 07
Sunday, April 15, 2007
It was my good fortune, on none other than Friday the 13th, to attend a performance of Blood Brothers, starring Helen Hobson. Helen Hobson (Mrs. Johnstone) struck just the right balance of a desperate yet proud mother, as much a victim of circumstance as of class. She could have easily over done the cockney accent, or wallowed in self-pity, but instead projected a consistently dignified and hopeful character despite the inevitability of her circumstances. Her role is obviously very demanding, both physically, musically and emotionally. I commend her for maintaining such consistent energy and authenticity of character throughout. She also projects, despite her many children and daily drudgery, the need to be loved in a very believable and poignantly sexy way (given her circumstances), especially when she muses about dancing throughout (the leitmotif representing hope for her character). Her vocals were technically outstanding and very much captured the complex character of Mrs. Johnstone. My only regret is not seeing Helen as Donna in Mamma Mia; that being said, I think, based on her portrayal of Mrs. Johnstone, she is more suited to subtler, deeper roles.
Blood Brothers is a model of economy both in terms of the simple, timeless elegance of the plot (almost Greek), and the economy of the physical staging. To the untrained or worse, lazy, eye, one would be tempted to think the set designer was fired mid stream and that the actors simply had to make do with an incomplete set; after all, this theatre is so poor, they can’t even afford an orchestra pit! To the trained eye, the staging of this deceptively simple show is pure genius, not the result of budget restrictions (and if it is, and they start making more money, I hope they give the extra profits to a very deserving Helen Hobson). In some ways, I think the timelessness and longevity (20 years) of this show is a kind of metaphor for much of what is wrong with society and by extension has much to teach us about imagination and the stagecraft that stimulates it. For those that have never acted, there is probably nothing more terrifying than the task of playing a young child. It is, like playing the role of a drunk, more often than not, over done and caricaturized.
The narrator, as a kind of speaking “Fiddler” was another model of economy, propelling the story forward at key stages. (I played the “Fiddler” in an amateur production of Fiddler on The Roof and see many parallels between the fiddler and the narrator in Blood Brothers). The guns were also an elegantly simple yet powerful metaphor representing the innocence of child’s gunplay with the deadly reality of real guns. It may be a stretch, but I see the older brother’s desire for an air rifle as a kind of premonition of things to come. No longer content to pretend to shoot things, he actually wanted (naively) to exert some influence on/over the world by actually shooting things. The roles of the children were outstandingly played, made all the more realistic by the absence of props for them to lean on. The use of invisible horses that the children rode was a stroke of genius, perfectly capturing the natural simplicity of “normal” child’s play that is sadly but surely being replaced by mind/imagination rotting video games and overly stimulating movies.
The lower classes growing up too fast was tragically emulated in the role of Linda, the 14 year old girl who thought she was “in love” with Mickey. We as adults know that she probably would change her taste in men 10 times before she was 25 if she was given the chance to develop as an individual without the pressures (real or imagined) of growing up too fast. Teen pregnancy statistics in the UK bear out this tragic fact as much today as ever. The leitmotif use of the “Marilyn Monroe” melody throughout the play highlights just how unrealistically far from the glamorous life Mrs. Johnson is while foreshadowing the tragic (all that glitters is not gold) ending of Monroe’s life and its analog in Blood Brothers. Mickey’s child-like rhyme about “Almost being eight” is another foreshadowing of the young’s tendency to emulate (often tragically) older siblings. It’s almost as if Homo Sapiens are programmed to copy the actions of their elders like many other mammals without realizing that often the behavior of human elders does not promote survival.
In contrast, the nauseatingly bad production of Wicked is a perfect case of the Hollywood-driven, committee-designed, grab your mind-numbed attention, politically correct, amusement ride. Rather than praise Blood Brothers, I simply could point out all the foibles of Wicked and then ask the reader to imagine the opposite in Blood Brothers; the only problem is, if you are the type that enjoyed (or forced yourself to pretend to have enjoyed) Wicked, your brain is already so fried as to render any efforts at redeeming you, futile. But just for my morbidly curious, masochistic side, I will do a partial comparison to see if I can save a few of you.
1. Wicked had a mechanical smoke-farting dragon that looked like it fell off a carnival ride while being transported from one seedy county fete to another.
1a. Blood Brothers had only the bare essentials to maximally stimulate the audiences’ imagination and in doing so, dramatically enriched an already excellent storyline.
2. The Monkeys in wicked were ripped off directly from the last planet of the Apes movie, a box office and creative flop by any standard.
2a. The invisible horses in Blood Brothers were a stroke of genius in that they conveyed the mind of a child while activating the imaginations of the audience, forcing the audience into the mind of the children on stage (I felt compelled to play vicariously with the children to imagine the horses and by extension, empathize with them more (the imaginary horse being shot by the boy actually triggered, for me, metaphorically, the realization that his friend was moving away, and along with it, his innocence or childhood.
3. Wicked is so bad, I actually get dizzy trying to decide what was the worst aspect of it. Was it the noise masquerading as music (just try to hum any part of any tune from Wicked; I dare you (I can remember every tune from the Wizard of Oz). Was it the irrelevant props? Was it the haphazard oscillations between singing and speaking where the last few words of certain phrases were sung without any regard for the continuity of the melodic or story-line? I have a new word for this kind of half singing half speaking of totally forgettable melodies; I call it the recita-tease, not to be confused with recitative (a recitative is a narrative song that describes some action, thought, or emotion. The recitative follows the natural flow of the language, and is more a speaking composition than a singing composition. The two styles of recitative are the dry (secco) style and the accompanied (stromentato, or accompagnato) style). These criminally annoying recita-teases were reminiscent of the kind of rapid-fire MTV scene changes from which I expected a night out in the theatre to provide welcome relief.
3a. The story of Blood Brothers is deceptively insightful insofar as it points out the simple fact that children are basically tragic (people in progress) and that despite growing up, the same tragic insecurities that largely define our childhoods haunt us to our graves. I teach young children, and despite their apparent carefree “nature,” they are really tragic in the sense that they do not yet have the self-awareness to fix themselves and as such, are driven, to a large extent, by circumstances and their congenital personalities. To what degree do our circumstances shape us, our personalities, our social peers, etc.? And yet all children, regardless of class, like most adults, simply want to get along and make friends. After seeing Blood Brothers, I was tempted to go up to a single woman in a pub and ask her if she wanted to be my best friend just to see her reaction, but of course we adults know what that reaction would be, unless of course she was wearing a very short tight skirt and shiny shoes in which case she would probably begin going over her pricing structure!
4. Wicked sheds zero light on any important social issue. On the contrary, it trivializes them. We have the green witch, who is different simply by virtue of the color of her skin. Not content with this obvious rip-off from the ugly duckling, they also have to give her a crippled sister (rights of the disabled) and make her an animal rights advocate to boot! If they really wanted to teach a lesson with wicked, they should have showed the consequences of freeing these mutant flying monkeys as they swarmed the countryside, shitting on unsuspecting pedestrians, eating all the crops and ultimately taking over the world (then at least the planet of the apes theme would have carried more weight). The wizard of Oz was no threat; he merely symbolized animal research, already halted in this country do to the terrorist tactics of fanatical animal rights loonies who want to assign human rights to animals and who, through sheer violence and intimidation, not through any democratic process, have stopped all meaningful animal research in the UK to the tune of billions in lost revenues and untold suffering to millions whose treatments and cures rely on such research.
4.a Blood Brothers is a beautifully stripped down condensation of the principal forces separating the classes as much today as ever (premature sexualization of children, total misunderstanding of the role of education [my wife has argued with many a Mickey about why learning the diet of pygmy tribes is designed to grow a bigger, thinking brain by interconnecting ideas (schemas), not the mere memorization of facts, (memorizing facts being merely a necessary byproduct of the process of thinking]). She has actually had students complain that thinking hurts their heads! It is the totally clueless and spoiled upper middle class bourgeoisie green-faced tree hugging, monkey coddling actions of this cliché hippie witch and her ilk that have put Mickey out of a job, no doubt because the box factory noise disturbs the nocturnal sleep cycle of the flying shitmonkeys, dramatically curtailing their daytime aerial bombardments of unsuspecting pedestrians.
With humbled adulation,
- Timothy Winey
16 Apr 07
Went to see on Tues 26th August. The best show I've seen in years. Excellent. Hats off to all the cast. It's a show that has everything - USER: Whatsonstage.com (18.104.22.168)
Best Thing I have seen in years !!!!!!!! - USER: Whatsonstage.com (22.214.171.124)
17 Aug 03
Absolutely brilliant, went to see the show in London after having wanted to see the show for a while, it was amazing and unlike what some people say I didn't find it stale, old or tired, the cast seemed vibrant and were giving their all. Excellent songs, great script and a good plot. For anyone tempted to see it, go! - USER: Whatsonstage.com (126.96.36.199)
I went to see this show on 19th June 03. I thought it was brilliant. Philip Stewart as the narrator was excellent as was Linda Nolan as Mrs Johnstone. I didn't get a programme but who ever was performing the part of Mickey...it couldn't have been better played. I was dubious about the idea of aldults acting the part of children but he really made you think he was 7 almost 8 years old.
All this combined with the beautiful haunting music.
I want to go see it again......... - USER: Whatsonstage.com (188.8.131.52)
24 Jun 03
I went to see Blood Brothers at the Phoenix on the 21st June. As I did not buy the program on the night I'm not sure who was standing in for the guy who usually plays Mickey, but man was he brilliant!! I have seen the play once before and I was still impressed...laughing one minute and crying the next. The song's are beautiful and the way the narrator blends in suddenly reminding you of fate! The only complaint I have is that Linda Nolan's acting was a bit off at times, but the boys by far made up for it and more! - USER: Whatsonstage.com (184.108.40.206)
22 Jun 03
I saw the touring show - songs are alright, acting was ok, but I just didn't get the point. The devil is chasing her because of the awful crime she commited of giving up her child to a couple able to offer him a better life?? Surely there are bigger sinners he'd be interested in torturing. The moral of this play (if there is one) is completely warped. Hated it, sorry everybody! - USER: Whatsonstage.com (220.127.116.11)
13 Apr 03
TRULY AWFUL, I did not enjoy a second of this tired,stale and extremely boring musical. The songs are awful, as is the acting and I was only kept awake by the loud music. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (18.104.22.168)
02 Apr 03
Fantastic!! The best show I've seen by far! Sean Jones and Daniel Fine were excellent as the two brothers. DON'T LEAVE AFTER SHEFFIELD SEAN!!!!!!!!! Rebecca Storms voice was amazing, as was Keith Burns. First time I have ever cried at something. Completely out of this world. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (22.214.171.124)
26 Mar 03
Has anybody seen it lately? It's a great musical, and that's why I still give it 3, but the production has gone way, way downhill in the past year. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (126.96.36.199)
18 Mar 03
As a novice to theatrical musicals I didn't really know what to expect. However, I now can't believe that many more will match up to this. Rolling with laughter one minute, nearly in tears the next the scenes take you on an emotional rollercoaster that culminates with very few dry-eyed folk at the end. Truly wonderful and a must for theatregoers of all ages. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (188.8.131.52)
27 Jan 03
a play with comedy, emotion, tragedy, music, and an interesting story. No complaints whatsoever. A must see! - USER: Whatsonstage.com (184.108.40.206)
21 Jan 03
Brilliant. The upbeat, lively fist half of the show does nothing to prepare you for the change of emotions after the interval. Laugh in the first half but feel suicidal by the end of the show. Not a dry eye in the house. Top marks to all of the cast especially Mickey and his mum. A must see show but take plenty of tissues. - USER: Whatsonstage.com (220.127.116.11)
08 Dec 02
The irritatingly synthetic music rarely transcends blandness, and the repetitious score boasts an endless stream of sentimental ballads. Russell's use of the narrator, at once a social commentator, and a surreal participant in the action is a textbook example of Brechtian alienation. In the context of the play, which asks us to examine Thatcherite Britain, this works extremely well. Mickey's exaggerated dependence on anti-depressants, along with Mrs Lyons's attempt to kill the mother plunge the work into the murky world of melodrama, and somewhat embarrassingly at times, soap-opera. This is only remedied by the blazing theatricality of the adults acting as children, Jennifer's breakdown to a chorus of 'Madwoman', and the satisfyingly basic set design. On the whole, a crowd-pleaser from a skilled dramatist which is satisfying and entertaining, if a little dated. Just one question, though; what happens to Mickey's seven brothers and sisters? - we only ever see Donna-Marie and Sammy. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
29 Sep 02
Oh the emotion. The play is jam-packed with feeling brought to life by the fantastic music, set, acting and Russell's clever Northern script. It's a play of the good times and the hard times and boy you certainly know about it. A worthy West End play. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
07 May 02
A quite extraordinary experience! Whatever you do, don't think that Linda is just another old Nolan girl getting in on the act, because her performance is seriously spectacular, and it will leave you eating an awful lot of humble pie indeed! (Not that the others Nolans were too shabby, either!) Don Roberts - USER: Whatsonstage.com
05 May 02
i was fortunate enought to see blood brothers in november 2001 with a group of my school pupils , not one of us was dry eyed by the end of a stunning and powerful performance! Linda Nolan put her heart and soul into the performance as did the rest of the cast, i hope i will be lucky enough to see blood brothers again and again as part of our curriculum - USER: Whatsonstage.com
13 Apr 02
The audience response was unusual. They applauded only three times, at the end of both acts and following a song where one of the permormers does the splits.
But there were three curtin calls and 1/3 the audience stood. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
01 Apr 02
I have seen Blood Brothers about 20 times since I have been to London in the past 15 yrs. I have managed to see it with different cast members and enjoy it every time. I am their most dedicated fan and wish everyone could see it, if they can. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
18 Feb 02
Don't go expecting this to be a five star Musical or, like me, you'll be disappointed. It's not a bad play, but it's certainly no Les Mes either... - USER: Whatsonstage.com
22 Jan 02
Don't know why I was hesitant to go and see this musical but I'm glad I did. Very funny, very sad and very entertaining.The cast were superb.
Not to be missed! - USER: Whatsonstage.com
20 Jan 02
I found it just so brilliant and would see it aigain if I could!!!
Really worth seeing!!!!! - USER: Whatsonstage.com
16 Jan 02
Blood Brothers with Linda Nolan is outstanding. The quality of Ms. Nolan's voice is unbelievable and she is a terrific actress. When I walked out of the theatre in mid-November 2001, I was wiping away the tears. It was a very moving show. But Linda Nolan was definitely the star. I would recommend this show to everyone. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
11 Jan 02
Stunning and oh so British! - USER: Whatsonstage.com
02 Dec 01
i have seen the show 6 times ...love it!however barbara dickson was very disapointing in liverpool.the best mom i have seen have got be the the nolan sisters both equaly as good as one another.sammy, well he has been in every production i have seen,still greati always wonder how he keeps the character so fresh acredit to his indutry,handsome chap as well!!keep it up i going to see it agin in december! one .. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
12 Nov 01
This production was excellent. I saw Linda Nolan playing the famous 'Mrs Johnstone and thought she was stunning as were the actors who played Mickey and Eddie. It was an extremely moving musical and well worth seeing. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
23 Oct 01
I have seen this on more than one occasion and each time it moves me in different ways. I hope that this wonderful production will again be touring the north east. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
26 Sep 01
WOW!! what an amazing show, superb casting, wonderful score, beautiful lyrics!! Youll be laughing one minute, and crying the next. Its by far the best show in the west end!! :) - USER: Whatsonstage.com
20 Sep 01
Amazing - superb story, fantastic songs, brilliant acting, great theatre. I saw this on a matinee performance and the entire audience gave a well deserved standing ovation. There isn't a good enough superlative to describe Linda Nolan's performance.
Not to be missed. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
20 Aug 01
Doesn't need a huge celeb filled cast as the power of the music and story alone- has been thrilling audiences for years. Everything you have heard or read is true. This is musical theatre at its best. You will laugh, you will cry and you WILL go and see it again! Glenn Meads - USER: Whatsonstage.com
09 Jun 01
Lyn Paul is stunning in this rollercoaster musical. Her voice is magnificent and totally worthy of another starring role in the West End. A joy to see. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
24 May 01
A thoroughly enjoyable performance given by all. Simple but emotionally strung. Even if you don't like musicals you will still thoroughly enjoy this "play with music". Highly recommended - definitely no matchsticks required! - USER: Whatsonstage.com
24 Apr 01
extremely humerous, extremly sad,stuff you can relate to, uplifting music, excelent performance, best musical i have ever seen, a night to remember ! - USER: Whatsonstage.com
17 Apr 01
A brilliant play worth going to see - USER: Whatsonstage.com
11 Apr 01
The best musical on the west end stage. Great story full of humour and tragedy - a perfect blend. You'll be crying tears of laughter one minute and tears of sorrow the next. It has the most gripping and moving ending ever !! - USER: Whatsonstage.com
26 Mar 01
Fantastic. It will pull every heart string you have. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
10 Mar 01
I have seen Blood Brothers many times and never get tired of the story. It has humour and sadness and a powerful story. I hope it goes on for a long time. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
06 Mar 01
I thought it was probebly the best show i have ever seen.I liked it so much I keep going back and it gets better everytime! I recommend it to all! - USER: Whatsonstage.com
01 Mar 01
honest betold it was wicked. we were in hysterics by the third time that geeser started singing "the devils got ur number" but by the end i didnt want to leave my mascara had run that much :) - USER: Whatsonstage.com
26 Feb 01
This is brilliant, full of emotion and a must-see show. It has a fabulous cast and characters, is very well written and performed.It is funny in parts and very dramatic and emotional too. A show you have got to see and will never forget! - USER: Whatsonstage.com
14 Feb 01
I challenge you to find a dry eye in the house at the finale. This has got to be the most heart-rending, and ultimately, rewarding musical in the West End. - USER: Whatsonstage.com
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