Blood Brothers was a smash hit last time it was at Sunderland Empire. Second time around it was just as good if not better!
he Sunday Times described it as the best musical ever. Award-winning playwright Willy Russell can do no wrong. First performed in a playhouse in 1983, it could not be any more relevant now!
The Blood Brothers story takes us on Mrs Johnstone’s journey of starting her own family and trying to make things right in the tough times of changing Britain. This is the last rodeo for Lyn Paul who plays Mrs Johnstone. I couldn’t take my eyes off her. Her voice is amazing and her role as the character is perfect. She has the softest voice of a mother and I couldn’t listen to her sing all night. Joining her on stage two men who bring the whole ply together. The twins.
The Twins: Blood Brothers
Sammy and Eddie are twins of chalk and cheese. Joel Benedict who plays Eddie is eloquent and naive. It’s hard not to love him. I saw Joel perform recently in Nigel Slater’s Toast and both roles he was able to portray the journey of childhood into an adult so well.
Danny Taylor who plays Sammy had my heart the whole way through. Growing up in the tough times with lots of sisters and brothers all fighting for attention and food on the table by a single mother, to growing up doing the same thing. Fighting for a job to feed the children wondering why he works so hard yet is so hard done by living on the breadline.
It’s hard to not watch this show and compare those times to these very own. The line between rich and poor and those communities fighting for jobs and factories closing. Living in the North this ply touched my heart.
You can get your tickets to see the show on the UK tour HERE.