Blood Brothers (Musical)

Blood Brothers (Musical)

by  Willy Russell

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  5m, 3f

"The most exciting thing to have happened to the English musical theatre for years." - Punch

"A full bodied musical, a wonderful melodrama that is also a thoroughly modern ballad opera." - Wall Street Journal

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Blood Brothers (Musical)
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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 3f
  • Duration


    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre


    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Accolades


    Tony, From Off-Broadway, From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

"Tell me it's not true. Say it's just a story..."

Blood Brothers, by the author of Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine, is a haunting rags to riches tragedy of our times. A woman with numerous children to support surrenders one of her new born twins to the childless woman she cleans for. The boys grow up streets apart, never learning the truth but becoming firm friends and falling in love with the same girl. One prospers while the other falls on hard times. A narrator warns that a price has to be paid for separating twins: the lives of the blood brothers, who die on the day they find out they are related.

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  • Nominated for Six Tony Awards!


"A full bodied musical, a wonderful melodrama that is also a thoroughly modern ballad opera." - Wall Street Journal

"The most exciting thing to have happened to the English musical theatre for years." - Punch

"There are so many good things to shout and sing about in this new musical." - Daily Mail

"Deeply moving." - London Broadcasting

"A genuine crowd pleaser...Blood Brothers remains a one-of-a-kind show...and no musical theater fan should fail to experience it." - Theater Week

"Totally beguiling." - City Limits

"For years we have...longed for a show in which words and music, characterization and songs are given equal weight...Blood Brothers is such an event." - Time Out

"Blood Brothers sparkles on Broadway. Willy Russell has the gift for heartbreak...This musical's power to terrify, amuse and beguile gallops along...It is impossible to leave Blood Brothers unmoved. Even people who don't like musicals will love this work." - Connecticut Post


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  • Blood Brothers TV Spot
  • Blood Brothers 1993 Tony Awards
  • Tour Press Launch
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Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

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  • Time Period: 1980s, 1970s, 1960s
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: England. 1960-1980.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes


  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway
  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Medium
  • Chorus Size: Small

Song Samples

Prologue (Ensemble)
Marilyn Monroe (Mrs Johnstone, Ensemble)
Shoes Upon The Table (Narrator)
Long Sunday Afternoon (Mickey)
Bright New Day (Mrs Johnstone, Ensemble)
Light Romance (Narrator, Mrs Johnstone)
Tell Me It's Not True (Mrs Johnstone, Ensemble)


5m, 3f

MRS. JOHNSTONE (MOTHER): Female, 30’s  (Range: Mezzo Soprano, F3-C5)
Original Mother of Mickey and Edward. After her husband walks out on her, she is left to take care of her children. Constantly trying to do what is best. Gets a job as a maid to support her children. While she tries her best, she cannot escape the society she has been born into.

NARRATOR: Male, Age Flexible  (Range: Rock Tenor, G3-G4)
“Did y’ hear the story of the Johnstone twins?” Takes the audience through the important sections of the story. Truthful, yet ominous at times. Also appears as Milkman 1, Gynaecologist, Bus Conductor, Milkman 2, Teacher, Rifle Range Man.

MRS. LYONS: Female, 30’s  (Range: Mezzo Soprano, B3-D5)
Mrs. Johnstone’s employer. Kind with good intensions but puts herself first—no matter the cost. Adopts Edward out of desperation towards her own insecurities. A compulsive liar who gets in over her head.

MR. LYONS: Male, 30-40  (Range: Ensemble/Non Singing)
Proper Gentleman from the upper class. Is tricked into thinking his wife has had a child while he was on an extended business trip. Constantly busy, and leaves the homely responsibilities up to his wife.

MICKEY: Male, Plays 7-20’s  (Range: Bari Tenor, D3-E4)
Blood Brother raised in the poor part of town by Mrs. Johnston. A trouble maker pressured by the rules of society.

EDWARD: Male, Plays 7-20’s  (Range: Tenor, D3-A4)
Blood Brother raised in the upper class by Mrs. Lyons. Grows up with a privileged life due to his foster parents—From his opportunities with education to women.

SAMMY: Male, Plays 7-20’s  (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)
Mickey’s Brother. A bully and bad influence on Mickey. Constantly a trouble maker.

LINDA: Female, Plays 7-20’s  (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)
A lovely girl from the neighborhood. Finds the attention of both Mickey and Edward.

Catalogue Man, Finance Man, Children, Policemen, Neighbours, Wedding Guests, Doleites, Councillors, Nurses, Judge

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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

The original production of Blood Brothers included only three chorus members. This number can be expanded to any number your organization requires.


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12 Piano/Conductor Scores

Saxophone (Soprano & Alto)
Electric Guitar
Keyboard 1
Keyboard 2
Violin/Acoustic Guitar
Bass Guitar

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Willy Russell

Willy Russell’s career spans more than four decades; born in Liverpool in 1947, he left school at 15, became a women’s hairdresser, part-time singer/songwriter performing on the local folk scene, before returning to education and becoming a teacher Whilst at St Katharine’s College, Willy began writing drama and, in ...

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Blood Brothers first appeared at the Liverpool Playhouse in Liverpool, England in 1983. 

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