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(Piccadilly Circus) Shaftesbury Avenue
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First opening in 1988, Blood Brothers ran for 24 years, earning the honor as the 3rd longest running work of musical theatre in the West End District of London.



Blood Brothers is the story of Mickey and Edward, two twin brothers who are separated at birth and raised in different homes. Eventually they become best friends of the closest kind, "blood brothers". However, the fact that they are related is concealed by their mothers who strive to keep them apart for superstitious beliefs.



Their lives continue to intertwine, although the deep divisions between the privileged life of Edward and Mickey's poverty-stricken existence are apparent. As adults, they are caught up in a love triangle with Mickey's childhood sweetheart Linda. This story is told with great humor as the kids grow up and delivers a powerful message with the help of a wonderful soft-rock score.

Photo Flash: New Production Shots from BILLY ELLIOT at the Bristol Hippodrome!
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2016

The producers of the multi award-winning smash hit Billy Elliot the Musical are delighted to announce that the four boys who will play the title role in the first ever UK and Ireland tour of the iconic musical are Adam Abbou (12 years old from Liverpool),Matthew Lyons (11 years old from Leeds), Haydn May (11 years old from Bath) and Lewis Smallman (12 years old from West Bromwich). The boys were cast following nationwide auditions and after months of intensive rehearsals began alternating in the role following the show's opening earlier in the year.  Billy Elliot the musical opens at The Bristol Hippodrome on Tuesday 25thOctober and runs until Saturday 26th November 2016. (more...)

TWOPENCE TO CROSS THE MERSEY to Embark on Autumn 2016 North West Tour
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2016

Following a hugely successful 2015 Merseyside tour, Twopence to Cross the Mersey will now embark on its biggest tour to date, a unique tour that covers seven venues across England's North West and North Wales. (more...)

BWW Review: Theo Ubique's Must-See FLY BY NIGHT
by Misha Davenport - Sep 28, 2016

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BLOOD BROTHERS Returns to Birmingham Hippodrome, Starring Lyn Paul as Mrs Johnstone
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

The international smash hit musical Blood Brothers will make a triumphant return to Birmingham Hippodrome for two weeks this Autumn from Mon 10 - Sat 22 Oct. No stranger to Blood Brothers, 'The definitive Mrs Johnstone' (Manchester Evening News) Lyn Paul returns to the iconic role, one she first played in 1997. Lyn played Mrs Johnstone in the final West End performances at the Phoenix Theatre in 2012. She has also starred in the UK tour of Cabaret in 2013 as Fraulein Schneider, in Boy George's musical Taboo and in Footloose - the Musical. (more...)

CBEEBIES' Stars Abe Jarmand and Jane Deane Join Cast of ALADDIN - Croydon's Official Panto 2016
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

CBeebies' stars ABE JARMAN (presenter of The Let's Go Club), and JANE DEANE, (Dee Livery in Justin's House), will lead a superb cast in the most magical pantomime of all - ALADDIN.  Croydon is the place to be this Christmas, when this festive treat takes to the stage at Waddon Leisure Centre from Wednesday 7 to Saturday 31 December.  This year's Christmas cracker is one that all the family will long remember. (more...)

BLOOD BROTHERS to Return to Birmingham Hippodrome with Lyn Paul
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2016

The international smash hit musical Blood Brothers will make a triumphant return to Birmingham Hippodrome for two weeks this Autumn from Mon 10 - Sat 22 Oct. (more...)

Cheryl Fergison and Maureen Nolan Lead Cast of Comedy MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 23, 2016

Casting has been announced for a 2017 tour of MENOPAUSE THE MUSICAL, the all-singing, all-dancing comedy at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre for one night only on Thursday 9 March 2017. (more...)

BWW Interview: Oliver Savile On Playing Fiyero During The 10th Anniversary Of WICKED
by Marianka Swain - Sep 20, 2016

Musical theatre actor Oliver Savile performed in tours of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Cats and Mamma Mia!, before joining the West End cast of Wicked in 2015. He's currently playing Fiyero as part of the 10th anniversary cast, which features Rachel Tucker, Suzie Mathers, Anita Dobson and Mark Curry. (more...)

FST's 2016-17 Winter Cabaret Season Begins
by BWW News Desk - Sep 19, 2016

FST's 2016-17 Winter Cabaret season begins with the musical revue Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves, highlighting some of the most beloved female solo singers of the last four decades. (more...)

Top UK Theatre Award Nominates ATG Theatre Managers
by BWW News Desk - Sep 16, 2016

Two Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) General Managers have been nominated for a UK Theatre Award, the only nationwide awards to honour creative excellence and the outstanding achievement seen on and off stage throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. (more...)

Fulton Theatre Opens 2016/2017 Season with BILLY ELLIOT: THE MUSICAL
by BWW News Desk - Sep 15, 2016

The nationally regarded Fulton Theatre opens a monumental new season with the triumphant Billy Elliot: The Musical through October 16. The Tony Award-winning musical features infectious music by the incomparable Sir Elton John including "Shine," "Solidarity,"  "Electricity," and many more!    (more...)

Charles Busch, Lorna Luft & More Coming to Feinstein's/54 Below in June
by BWW News Desk - May 31, 2016

This June, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

Full Cast Announced for EXPOSURE THE MUSICAL at St James Theatre
by Marianka Swain - May 31, 2016

The full cast has been announced for Exposure The Musical - Life Through A Lens. It runs at St. James Theatre, for a limited season, from 16 July until 27 August 2016, with press night on Thursday 28 July 2016.  (more...)

Broadway Veterans to Lead Pittsburgh CLO's CHICAGO
by BWW News Desk - Jun 7, 2016

Set inside the sensationalized female murderess craze that swept 1920s Chicago, CHICAGO draws its audience into a world of crime and glitz against the vivid backdrop of the jazz age. A first time production for Pittsburgh CLO, CHICAGO is sure to be 'all that jazz' and more! (more...)

Beacon Arts Centre Announce June-October 2016 Season
by Natalie O'Donoghue - Jun 7, 2016

Greenock's Beacon Arts Centre announces its June-October 2016 season. (more...)

BLOOD BROTHERS Concert Set for 54 Below On June 28th, Donna Lynne Champlin, Robert Lenzi and More to Star!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2016

On June 28th, Feinstein's/54 Below will present an one-night-only concert of the popular British musical Blood Brothers. Singing the beautiful score will be Beau Cassidy (whose father, David Cassidy, starred in the Broadway production) as Mickey, Donna Lynne Champlin (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Taming of the Shrew) as Mrs. Johnstone,  Robert Lenzi (Tuck Everlasting) as Sammy, Collin Kelly-Sordelet (The Last Ship) as Eddie, and more to be announced soon.  (more...)

Scoop: NCIS on CBS - Tuesday, July 26, 2016
by TV Scoop - Jun 30, 2016

Get all the scoop on NCIS, airing on CBS on Tuesday, July 26, 2016! (more...)

Exciting New Shows At Sheffield Theatres
by BWW News Desk - Jun 3, 2016

The new season at Sheffield Theatres includes an exciting line-up of West End and Broadway musicals, witty comedy, chart-topping music, poignant drama and family fun. Booking for the new shows will open to Centre Stage Members on Saturday 11 June and to the general public on Saturday 18 June. (more...)

Phil Hearne and Tom Cawte Join TWOPENCE TO CROSS THE MERSEY Autumn 2016 Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2016

The cast for the highly anticipated Autumn 2016 tour of Helen Forrester's TWOPENCE TO CROSS THE MERSEY has been announced. (more...)

Broadway Veterans Will Lead Goodspeed's New 1960s Musical A SIGN OF THE TIMES
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

This is the story of Cindy, a 20-something whose dreams are bigger than her Midwestern hometown will allow. Set against the backdrop of New York City in the 1960s -women's liberation, the civil rights movement, and protests of the Vietnam war-Cindy searches for her place in the world. A Sign of the Times, featuring chart-topping hits from the 1960s, celebrates friendship, love, and discovering one's sense of self. This pop-fueled musical will run July 29 - September 4 at The Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn. A Sign of the Times will be sponsored by Essex Savings Bank. (more...)

Broadway at the Cabaret - Top 5 Cabaret Picks for June 27-July 3, Featuring Rob McClure and More!
by Louisa Brady - Jun 26, 2016

Broadway's 40 theatres aren't the only places to catch performances from your favorite stars! Well after Broadway orchestras begin their overtures, ensemble members take their dance breaks, and performers belt out their eleven o'clock numbers, the party continues at various cabaret venues throughout New York City. Below, BroadwayWorld brings you some cabaret highlights for this week as picked by our theatre editors, including: Little Shop of Horrors Reunion Concert; Blood Brothers in Concert; 54 Celebrates The Neil Simon Theatre; Rob McClure at 54 Below; and 54 Celebrates Prince. (more...)

Top Stories You Missed on BWW This Weekend - 6/25-6/26/2016
by - Jun 26, 2016

Hottest Articles on BroadwayWorld.com from this weekend Sunday, June 26, 2016 - Sunday, June 26, 2016. (more...)

Rob McClure, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Reunion & More Set for Feinstein's/54 Below Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 24, 2016

Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.54Below.com/Feinsteins or call (646) 476-3551. (more...)

NJPAC Welcomes David Cassiddy for Pair of Shows This Week
by BWW News Desk - Jun 23, 2016

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents an evening with 1970s heartthrob David Cassidy. Come on, get happy! The Partridge Family's David Cassidy performs hits from the '70s TV show ("I Think I Love You," "I Woke Up in Love This Morning"), along with favorites from his solo career ("Cherish"). (more...)

Genevieve Lemon and More to Star in New Musical ANTARCTICA at Theatre Royal Hobart
by BWW News Desk - Jun 21, 2016

Antarctica, a new musical will make its world debut at Hobart's Theatre Royal this October. Today the cast was revealed, including some of the biggest names on stage and screen in Australia. (more...)

Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre & Dee Buchanan Studio of Dance to Host CABARET FOR A CAUSE, 6/25
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2016

The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre and The Dee Buchanan Studio of Dance have come together to host Cabaret for a Cause on Saturday, June 25th at Way Off Broadway. The charity event is to benefit the Bald Ballerina. (more...)

STAGE TUBE: On This Day for 6/18/16- Kerry Butler
by Stage Tube - Jun 18, 2016

Happy Birthday, Kerry Butler! Butler received a 2008 Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for playing Kira/Clio in Xanadu. Other Broadway credits include Blood Brothers, Les Miserables, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, (Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), Penny Pingleton in Hairspray (Clarence Derwent Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations), Sherrie in Rock of Ages, and most recently Brenda in Catch Me If You Can (Drama Desk nomination). (more...)

Photo Coverage: Pittsburgh CLO's CHICAGO!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2016

Set inside the sensationalized female murderess craze that swept 1920s Chicago, CHICAGO draws its audience into a world of crime and glitz against the vivid backdrop of the jazz age. A first time production for Pittsburgh CLO, CHICAGO is sure to be 'all that jazz' and more! (more...)

Brian D'Arcy James to Star in Netflix's 13 REASONS WHY from Writer Brian Yorkey
by TV News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

Brian D'Arcy James will star opposite Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford and Kate Walsh in Netflix's 13-episode series 13 REASONS WHY. (more...)

Photo Flash: First Look at Theo Ubique's AN ANTHONY NEWLEY AND LESLIE BRICUSSE SONGBOOK
by BWW News Desk - Jun 16, 2016

The British songwriting duo of Anthony Newleyand Leslie Bricusse, who together wrote some of the most enduring and loved songs of Broadway and Hollywood, will be celebrated in Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's 2016 summer cabaret. (more...)

MTAP Incubator Reading of DEAR BOY Set for Pittsburgh CLO's Charles Gray Auditorium, 6/27
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

On Monday, June 27, 2016, MTAP--Musical Theatre Artists of Pittsburgh launches Hot Metal Musicals Incubator with Dear Boy, book and lyrics by Jeanne Drennan and music by David Berlin, to be presented as a reading at 7:00pm at the Pittsburgh CLO's Charles Gray Auditorium, 130 CLO Academy Way in downtown Pittsburgh. (more...)

Way Off Broadway to Stage SPAMALOT
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2016

             Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur's quest to find the Holy Grail, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French people.  Throughout the show, Arthur, traveling with his servant Patsy, recruits several knights to accompany him on his quest, including Sir Bedevere, Sir Robin, Sir Lancelot and Sir Galahad.  On their way, they meet the Lady of the Lake, Not Dead Fred, the Black Knight, and the Knights who say Ni. (more...)

Anthony Van Laast Teams Up With Kenneth More For New Musical BOORSKALE
by Marianka Swain - Jun 1, 2016

The highly-anticipated professional productions at the Kenneth More Theatre begin this September with Paul Ritchie Tomkinson's musical hit BOORSKALE.  (more...)

NIQABI NINJA to Play Alexander Upstairs This Month
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2016

NIQABI NINJA, written by Sara Shaarawi, directed by Megan Furniss, and performed by Bianca Flanders and Loren Loubser, is slated for Alexander Upstairs Theatre in July and August. (more...)

Linda Nolan and Louise Jameson Set to Star in the Musical RUMPY PUMPY!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2016

?The remarkable true story of two genteel ladies from the Hampshire Women's Institute who take it upon themselves to campaign for better conditions for Working Girls (more...)

BWW Review: SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD Translation at #NAF16 Shifts the Boundaries for South African Musical Theatre
by David Fick - Jul 2, 2016

Certain parts of Jason Robert Brown's score for SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD have been translated for a new South African production of the show which is currently being performed at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The intention is to explore possibilities for a greater connection for both the performers and the audience with the text of the show and the themes it communicates. (more...)

Tommy Steele to Bring THE GLENN MILLER STORY to the Lyceum This August
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2016

Show business legend Tommy Steele tells the extraordinary tale of America's most famous big band leader in The Glenn Miller Story from Tuesday 16 - Saturday 20 August at the Lyceum Theatre. (more...)

ANGELS ON HORSEBACK: RELOADED Set to Play At Alexander Upstairs
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

Cape Town 's favourite rude, raunchy and rocking country cabaret will be reborn when ANGELS ON HORSEBACK: RELOADED opens at the Alexander Bar's Upstairs Theatre later this month. (more...)

THE FRIDAY SIX: Q&As with Your Favorite Broadway Stars- The Skivvies: Lauren Molina & Nick Cearley!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 15, 2016

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Photo Flash: Gloucester Stage Presents SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD
by BWW News Desk - Aug 7, 2016

Gloucester Stage Company continues its 37th season of professional theater on Cape Ann with a limited run of Jason Robert Brown's Songs For A New World from August 4 through August 27 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Songs For A New World with music and lyrics by three time Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown is a stirring musical journey examining the moments of decision and difficult choices faced in everyday life. Known for such Broadway hits as Parade, The Bridges of Madison County, Honeymoon in Vegas, and The Last Five Years, Mr. Brown artfully blends pop, jazz and gospel in solos and ensemble styles to create this inspiring song cycle.  Directed by Gloucester Stage Artistic Director Robert Walsh, the production features five singers including Tony Award nominee Barbara Walsh, Broadway veterans Rockport's Wendy Waring and Jack Donahue, Berklee College of Music graduate Chris Pittman and  Brandeis' Nyah Macklin, all four in their Gloucester Stage debut. According to Director and GSC Artistic Director Walsh, "Songs For A New World is an enthralling evening of storytelling through song and movement reminiscent of Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. We are so fortunate to have such a talented group of actor-singers to bring this work to our audience. It's a particular treat to work with my cousin Barbara again after so many years!  Wendy, Jack, Chris and Nyah are also incredibly fun, hugely talented and all working together in such a fun way - it's a thrill!' (more...)

New Stage Play TWOPENCE TO CROSS THE MERSEY Heading For Warrington's Parr Hall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 31, 2016

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Broadway's Andrea McArdle to Play Provincetown's Crown & Anchor Next Week
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2016

Producer Rick Murray's Crown & Anchor Broadway Series continues its 2016 season at the Paramount Cabaret in Provincetown, MA when Broadway veteran and Tony nominee Andrea McArdle returns to Provincetown in ANDREA McARDLE IN CONCERT for two performances only, Monday, August 8 and Tuesday, August 9 at 8:00 p.m. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - August 27, 2016
by - Aug 27, 2016

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on August 27 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

All-Chicago Cast Set for 'Thrones! The Musical Parody' at Apollo Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2016

"Thrones! The Musical Parody" sweeps through the Windy City once again this fall at Apollo Theater Chicago (2540 N Lincoln Ave) with a talented ensemble of Chicago up-and-comers bringing the "Game of Thrones" send-up to life. Under the direction of Hannah Todd, the cast of "Thrones! The Musical Parody" includes Caitlyn Cerza, Nick Druzbanski, Madeline Lauzon, Beau Nolen, Victoria Olivier and Christopher Ratliff. This all-Chicago cast combines comedic talents and "knockout vocal harmonies" (Chicago Reader) to bring all six seasons of the HBO hit to the stage, recounting the journey of well-known characters such as Tyrion Lannister, Jon Snow, Cersei Lannister, the Stark family, Daenerys Targaryen and more. Performances for the fall run of "Thrones! The Musical Parody" begin September 15; tickets ($29-$59) are on sale now and can be purchased at ApolloChicago.com or by calling the box office at 773.935.6100. The press performance takes place on September 21. Headshots and imagery can be accessed here. (more...)

4th Wall Theatre Kicks Off 2016-17 Season With TRUE WEST
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2016

4th Wall Theatre Company (formerly Stark Naked Theatre Company) opens its 2016-2017 season on September 9th  with Sam Shepard's Tony-nominated masterpiece, True West-a modern American classic exploring themes of sibling rivalry, art as commerce, and what it means to 'be a man.' Like a runaway train, this dark comedy about two brothers and their mutual resentment takes audiences on a thrill ride into the dark side of the human psyche, with laughs and unexpected moments of revelation along the way.  In its world premiere, the San Francisco Chronicle noted that True West is "clear, funny, naturalistic. It's also opaque, terrifying, surrealistic.  If that sounds contradictory, you're on to one aspect of Shepard's winning genius-the ability to make you think your watching one thing while at the same time he's presenting another." (more...)

Tickets Now On Sale for Universal Studios Hollywood 'Halloween Horror Nights'
by Movies News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

Universal Studios Hollywood announces that tickets are now on sale for 'Halloween Horror Nights' at Universal Studios Hollywood SM (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT Tour to Open at The Bristol Hippodrome This October
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2016

The producers of the multi award-winning smash hit Billy Elliot the Musical are delighted to announce that the four boys who will play the title role in the first ever UK and Ireland tour of the iconic musical are Adam Abbou (12 years old from Liverpool), Matthew Lyons (11 years old from Leeds), Haydn May (11 years old from Bath) and Lewis Smallman (12 years old from West Bromwich). (more...)

Zainab Jah & Jessica Luck Round Out Cast for Lisa Lampanelli's STUFFED Premiere at WP Theater
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2016

WP Theater welcomes Obie Award Winning actress Zainab Jah (Eclipsed) and rising actress Jessica Luck, joining two-time Grammy-nominated comedian Lisa Lampanelli (HBO, Comedy Central, The Howard Stern Show) and Outer Critics Circle Award winner Ann Harada (Avenue Q, Cinderella) in completing the cast for the world premiere of STUFFED, a new play written by Lampanelli, with additional material by Ashley Austin Morris. (more...)

Disney's 101 DALMATIONS Returns to the Children's Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 16, 2016

A large part of The Way Off Broadway Dinner Theatre's goal has been to bring entertainment for all ages to the Frederick stage.  The area's only year-round producing theatre has done just that with its popular Children's Theatre.  Opened in 1996, Way Off Broadway's Children's Theatre produces shows the entire family can enjoy.  In the beginning, it produced original musical stage adaptations of classic fairytales.  (more...)

Cast Announced for Chicago Premiere of off-Broadway Musical FLY BY NIGHT
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2016

Complete casting has been announced for Theo Ubique Cabaret Theatre's Chicago premiere of the heralded off-Broadway musical Fly by Night - the story of a love triangle between a young sandwich maker and two sisters recently relocated from South Dakota to New York. (more...)

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