Blood Brothers Revival?

RW3
Broadway Star
joined:7/20/13
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 8/22/13 at 08:41pm
Will there ever be one? I've always enjoyed the music especially the song "Tell Me It's Not True". I think Roundabout could potentially mount this show.
jnb9872
Broadway Legend
joined:11/24/08
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 8/22/13 at 09:03pm
As you approach infinity, the odds of any random event occurring essentially reach 1/1. So yes, there will be one. Eventually.
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smallworld
Stand-by
joined:9/21/11
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 8/22/13 at 09:10pm
There's no need for it. That show was one of the worst things I've ever sat through.
Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 8/22/13 at 09:16pm
I say wait about ten years and do it with Meagan Hilty as the mother.
If anyone ever tells you that you put too much Parmesan cheese on your pasta, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
someone.else's.story2
Leading Actor
joined:3/18/07
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 8/23/13 at 12:32pm
I happened to love Blood Brothers and would welcome a revival. It just closed last year in the West End, so although I know some people hated it, it was at least really popular and successful in the UK. I hope they do bring it back.
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Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 8/23/13 at 02:37pm
I think it did so well in the UK because the theme of the musical involves the class system, which in the US wasn't so much of a problem until Obama took office.
If anyone ever tells you that you put too much Parmesan cheese on your pasta, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
someone.else's.story2
Leading Actor
joined:3/18/07
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 8/23/13 at 04:36pm
Yes, certainly American audiences had a hard time with the class aspect of the story (though that never bothered me at all). I happen to love the music and that the show has some very funny parts yet is overall a moving and thought provoking piece. I honest,y never understood the hate some people have for it-but to each his own.

“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.” ``oscar wilde``
Mister Matt
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 8/23/13 at 04:52pm
Saw it in London and on Broadway and would gladly welcome a revival.
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Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 8/23/13 at 04:52pm
I like the show. I do think that Russell got a bit lazy with the Marilyn Monroe comparison. When the mother compared her drug addicted jailbird son to MM, that was one too many times.
If anyone ever tells you that you put too much Parmesan cheese on your pasta, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
Tink2
Stand-by
joined:8/7/08
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 8/23/13 at 08:47pm
I saw this in London with Stephanie Lawrence and absolutely loved it. Sobbed like a baby. Actually, everyone there was sobbing like a baby. I didn't see the Broadway production with the Cassidy brothers. I'd love to see it on Broadway again.
david_fick
Chorus Member
joined:7/12/12
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 4/7/14 at 07:13am
It may be interesting for BLOOD BROTHERS fans to know that there is a production of the show in South Africa at the moment, which has been adapted by David Kramer (KAT AND THE KINGS) into a local setting, with many altered song lyrics. This is the first time Willy Russell allowed BLOOD BROTHERS to be adapted in this way. Maybe that's an indication that the piece might be reworked for other productions of the show outside the UK as a response to any difficulties like those mentioned above where the themes aren't as accessible to a particular audience. I think it's a tough job to subtitute one set of socio-political specifics for another and to then to integrate that context seamlessly with the narrative. And - although people might not agree with me - I think this approach also borders on dumbing down material for audiences who aren't willing to make the effort to think about what they're seeing and find the paralells between the show and their own situations for themselves. (There is of course the question of how well the show stands on its own two feet and how well its written, but that's a different issue even if it does have some bearing on this one.)


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WickedGinger
Understudy
joined:3/12/14
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 4/7/14 at 08:03am
This is one of my favourite musicals... I saw it in the West End and I have seen the UK tour 3 times (once in Edinburgh and twice in Glasgow). Although it is a very british story. Alot of the big cities in the UK went through a simialr redevelop with people being moved out of the cities into developments outside of town. Although the economic downturn rings volumes after the events of the credit crunch in 2008.

Over the years Mrs Johnstone have been played by younger and younger actresses. I think as long as the actress as the emotional range and diversy to progress her character as the play develops then any age can play her within reason, i.e. 25-50.
lotiloti
Leading Actor
joined:1/23/06
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 4/7/14 at 08:56am
You mentioned, the late, great, Stephanie Lawrence, Tink 2. A tragedy that someone so talented, should take her own life. Fabulous actress & singer.
rosscoe(au)
Broadway Legend
joined:8/20/05
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 4/7/14 at 09:33am
Awful night of theatre, hopefully it will never see the light of day again. One of the worst shows I have ever seen .
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AEA AGMA SM
Broadway Legend
joined:8/13/09
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 4/7/14 at 10:46am
It did run for two years here on Broadway, so clearly it was connecting with some audiences here.
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Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 4/7/14 at 10:53am
"It did run for two years here on Broadway, so clearly it was connecting with some audiences here."

It was always (and I do mean always) on TKTS. When shows are on TKTS, you can't always make the assumption that a show is connecting with the audience. Harve and Myrtle from Minnesota just want to see a Broadway show at reduced prices and so take what's available on TKTS. I can't tell you the number of times that I was on the TKTS line and someone asked what they should see.
If anyone ever tells you that you put too much Parmesan cheese on your pasta, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
dreaming
Broadway Legend
joined:4/24/09
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 4/7/14 at 11:00am
I love the score of Blood Brothers tremendously and would love to see it (I was too young to have seen it previously). I think it could do well here-there is more to it than the class system (which exists here whether we like it or not). I really would love to see it. As much as I've listened to it, I don't know the breakdown of the characters age wise or anything so I can't begin to imagine who would be good.
Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 4/7/14 at 11:31am
"As much as I've listened to it, I don't know the breakdown of the characters age wise or anything so I can't begin to imagine who would be good."

It needs a strong belter in the main role of the mother. Megan Hilty would be good in the role.

The one problem with the musical is that the characters age about 30 years during the musical. So you have 30 year old actors playing children for the entire first act. One of the drawbacks of the show is when the actors can't pull off Act 1.
If anyone ever tells you that you put too much Parmesan cheese on your pasta, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
doodlenyc
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/04
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 4/7/14 at 12:12pm
The original Broadway cast was wonderful, led by the spectacular Stephanie Lawrence. Con O'Neill was a terrific Mickey, with a perfect transition from boy to man. I also remember how wonderful Jan Graveson was.

The score has great moments, but so much repetition!

The book is the biggest problem, and not because of the politics. It's the idiotic premise, and the obvious ending.

Still, it was pretty spectacular to hear Ms. Lawrence sing the final number and very difficult not to have a tear in your eye.
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Deena Jones
Broadway Legend
joined:5/27/03
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 4/7/14 at 12:26pm
I saw the amazing Stephanie Lawrence three times… she slayed me. Sadly, the staging with the cheesy sets and 80's lighting didn't do the show any favors. I think if it could be restaged, it could work again. that finale packed a wallop for sure. Stephanie, you are missed
SweetLips
Broadway Star
joined:1/23/13
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 4/7/14 at 05:19pm
This is one show that you really do have to be cast perfect.
I didn't have a clue who was in it when I first saw it in London and was totally carried along with the story and was a blubbering mess at the end.
Saw it again years later with some TV soap 'star' and nothing seemed to connect-time/situation/age-who knows?
It is a show I would see again depending how I felt about the cast.

PS-Recommend reading The Wrong Boy by Willy Russell

Updated On: 4/7/14 at 05:19 PM
Mr Roxy
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 4/7/14 at 05:22pm
Tell Me It's Not True"

All I remember was the brilliant idea - not - of having the actors play themselves as kids.
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth - Lillian Hellman.
Tink2
Stand-by
joined:8/7/08
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 4/7/14 at 05:26pm
lotiloti, Stephanie Lawrence was brilliant as Mrs Johnstone. She was the reason I really liked the show. I read that she died of liver disease from alcoholism. So very sad.
temms
Broadway Star
joined:7/21/04
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 4/7/14 at 06:05pm
One thing I have never
Understood about this show
Is why they're all so damn obsessed
With Marilyn Monroe
Mr Roxy
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 4/7/14 at 06:08pm
Better known than Jayne Mansfield
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth - Lillian Hellman.
Gothampc
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/03
Blood Brothers Revival?
Posted: 4/7/14 at 06:10pm
"Is why they're all so damn obsessed
With Marilyn Monroe"

Which is funny when it comes to casting. With Stephanie Lawrence, you could see that people might think she resembled MM. But I saw it again with Carole King, and there's no way that anyone would mistake Carole King for MM.
If anyone ever tells you that you put too much Parmesan cheese on your pasta, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.

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