SYDNEY’S SMASH HIT PRODUCTION COMES TO MELBOURNE FOR A STRICTLY LIMITED THREE-WEEK SEASON
Helen Dallimore, Bobby Fox, Josh Piterman and Michael Cormick
with Matt Edwards, Erin James, Jamie Kristian, Bronwyn Mulcahy, Christy Sullivan
Book, Music & Lyrics: Willy Russell
Director: Andrew Pole
Musical Supervisor: Michael Tyack, Musical Director: Kellie Dickerson
Enda Markey will present his acclaimed production of Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers at Melbourne’s brand new theatre complex – Alex Theatre St Kilda – for a strictly limited three-week season beginning 16 July, following an extended Sydney season early this year, which sold-out at every performance, with plaudits from critics and audiences making it the talk-of-the-town.
As Mrs Johnstone – one of the most coveted roles in musical theatre – Helen Dallimore will lead an acclaimed ensemble cast, including Bobby Fox as Mickey, Josh Piterman as Edward and Michael Cormick as Narrator, in one of the most popular musicals of all time.
Blood Brothers is the hilarious, provocative and heartbreaking musical that tells the unforgettable story of the Johnstone twins. Separated at birth when their mother cannot afford to keep them both, Mickey and Edward grow up streets apart, becoming best friends but never knowing the truth of their heritage. The prophecy that twins who are separated at birth will die on the day they find out their heritage brings this stunningly crafted musical to its shattering but inevitable conclusion.
With a book, music and lyrics by Willy Russell (Educating Rita, Shirley Valentine), the London production of Blood Brothers ran for more than 24 years, winning every British “Best Musical” award along the way. It is one of only three musicals in history to play for more than 10,000 performances – the other two are Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera.
Blood Brothers plays at Melbourne’s exciting new theatre venue – Alex Theatre St Kilda – for a strictly limited three-week engagement and it is a rare opportunity for Australian audiences to witness this musical theatre masterpiece with a thrilling cast in an intimate setting where it becomes even more powerful.
Enda Markey produced the 2011 Australian tour of Side By Side By Sondheim starring (at various times) Rachael Beck, Geraldine Turner, Michael Falzon, Lucy Maunder and Jessica Rowe. In 2012, He presented a gala concert of the show featuring more than twenty-five of Australia’s leading theatre and television personalities, headlined by West End and Broadway superstar Ruthie Henshall. Since 2013, he presented the international tour of Boublil & Schönberg’s Do You Hear The People Sing? starring Michael Ball and Lea Salonga which has played to enormous acclaim in Shanghai, Manila and Taipei with numerous other productions (including Australia) in development.
“A reminder of what musical theatre does best.”
“Fresh, poignant and confronting…sobering, sad and amazingly satisfying.”
“Dallimore’s Mrs Johnstone is the heart and soul of the show…She’s terrific. Bobby Fox is excellent!”
Sydney Morning Herald
“A stellar cast … a production with heart”
* booking fees apply
Enda Markey presents Willy Russell’s
Alex Theatre St. Kilda
135 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda Performances from 16 July 2015.
Tickets from $49.50*
All preview seats $60* Tickets: A Res: $75*, B Res: $60*
Premium tickets: $90* (incl souvenir programme)