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Blood Brothers (Broadway)

Blood Brothers (Broadway)

I was engaged by Bill Kenwright in 1992/1993 as Production Supervisor to manage his London to Liverpool (Liverpool Playhouse) to Toronto (Royal Alexandra Theatre) to Broadway (Music Box Theatre) masterpiece production of Willy Russell’s BLOOD BROTHERS.  The Broadway production opened on 25 April 1993 at the Music Box Theatre and closed after just over 2 years on 30 April 1995 having played 840 performances.

Produced by Bill Kenwright; Associate Producer: Jon Miller.

Directed by Bill Kenwright and Bob Tomson. Set & Costume Design by Andy Walmsley; Lighting Design by Joe Atkins; Sound Design by Paul Astbury; Production Musical Direction: Rod Edwards; Musical Director: Rick Fox and Music arranged by Del Newman.

Starring Stephanie Lawrence (Mrs. Johnstone Apr 14, 1993 – Aug 14, 1993), Con O’Neill (Mickey), Warwick Evans (Narrator), Jan Graveson (Linda), Mark Michael Hutchinson (Eddie), Barbara Walsh (Mrs. Lyons), Ivar Brogger (Mr. Lyons / Ensemble), Kerry Butler (Ensemble), James Clow (Sammy / Ensemble), Robin Haynes (Policeman / Teacher / Ensemble), Philip Lehl (Ensemble), Regina O’Malley (Donna Marie / Miss Jones / Ensemble), Sam Samuelson (Perkins / Ensemble), John Schiappa (Ensemble), Anne Torsiglieri (Brenda / Ensemble) and Douglas Weston (Ensemble)

Understudies: Kerry Butler (Donna Marie), Robin Haynes (Mr. Lyons), Philip Lehl (Mickey), Regina O’Malley (Mrs. Johnstone / Mrs. Lyons), Sam Samuelson (Eddie), John Schiappa (Sammy / Narrator) and Anne Torsiglieri (Linda)

Technical Supervisor: Gene O’Donovan, Neil Mazzella and Aurora Productions; Production Stage Manager: Mary Porter Hall; Stage Manager: John Lucas and Assistant Stage Manager: Douglas Weston; Assistant Scenic Design: Leigh Rand; Assistant Costume Design: Elizabeth Hope Clancy and Hair Stylist: Robert-Charles Vallance.

General Manager: Stuart Thompson; Company Manager: Bruce Klinger; Production Supervisor: Toby Simkin; Casting: Pat McCorkle; Press Representative: Philip Rinaldi; Press Assistant: Lotte Stavisky; Press Associate: James L.L. Morrison; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Assistant to Mr. Thompson: Eric Muratalla and Photographer: Joan Marcus.

Musical Coordinator: Mort Silver; Assistant Conductor: Mark Berman; Keyboards: Mark Berman; Acoustic and Electric Guitar: Robert Kirshoff; Acoustic and Electric Bass: Bob Renino; Drums: Raymond Grappone; Percussion: Barry Centanni; Reeds: Mike Migliore and Billy Kerr and Trumpet & Flugelhorn: Neil Balm.


Replacements

Cast replacements included Petula Clark (Mrs. Johnstone Aug 16, 1993 – Jun 05, 1994), Carole King (Mrs. Johnstone from Jun 07, 1994), Regina O’Malley (Mrs. Johnstone), Helen Reddy (Mrs. Johnstone Jan 17, 1995 – Apr 30, 1995), David Cassidy (Mickey from Aug 16, 1993), Shaun Cassidy (Eddie), Brian d’Arcy James (Ensemble / Mickey), Domenick Allen (Narrator), Richard Cox (Narrator), Adrian Zmed (Narrator), Philip Lehl (Mickey), Regina O’Malley (Mrs. Lyons), Ric Ryder (Eddie),  Kerry Butler (Donna Marie / Miss Jones / Girl Friend / Woman in the Window), Nick Cokas (Ensemble), Timothy Gulan (Ensemble), Robin Haynes (Teddy Boy / Finance Man / Cowboy / Judge), Shauna Hicks (Linda), Jodi Jinks (Donna Marie / Miss Jones / Ensemble / Girl Friend / Woman in the Window), Regina O’Malley (Woman in the Window), Karyn Quackenbush (Brenda / Ensemble), Sam Samuelson (Catalogue Man), John Schiappa (Sammy), John Soroka (Ensemble / Perkins / Catalogue Man), Susan Tilson (Brenda) and Gregory Watt (Ensemble)

Replacement Swings: Matthew BennettKerry ButlerJohn SorokaSusan Tilson, and Douglas Weston

Replacement Understudies: Matthew Bennett (Mickey, Eddie),  Kerry Butler (Linda),  Nick Cokas (Narrator, Sammy),  Timothy Gulan (Mickey),  Robin Haynes (Sammy),  Brian d’Arcy James (Eddie),  Jodi Jinks(Linda),  Philip Lehl (Eddie),  Karyn Quackenbush (Mrs. Lyons, Linda), Sam Samuelson (Mickey),  John Soroka(Eddie),  Susan Tilson (Mrs. Johnstone, Mrs. Lyons),  Anne Torsiglieri (Mrs. Lyons) and Gregory Watt (Narrator, Sammy)

Other Replacements included: Musical Director: Joseph Baker; Assistant Company Manager: Nick Kaledin; Company Manager: Richard Berg, and Richard Biederman; Stage Manager: John McNamara, and Matthew G. Marholin; Assistant Stage Manager: Karyn Quackenbush; Acoustic and Electric Guitar: Richard Boukas; Acoustic and Electric Bass: Mark Minkler; Trumpet and Flugelhorn: Donald Batchelder; First Keyboards: Joseph Baker; Reeds: Ken Dybisz and Press Associate: Dennis Crowley.

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Willy Russell’s BLOOD BROTHERS on Broadway

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Prior to Broadway, this same production of BLOOD BROTHERS had engagements in both Toronto and Liverpool:

Blood Brothers in Toronto  Blood Brothers in Liverpool

For fun, here is my parody of BLOOD BROTHERS from early 2020

My parody of the musical BLOOD BROTHERS on Broadway during COVID-19

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Just for more fun, a virtual reunion between me (as Santa), Mark Hutchinson, Con O’Neill and Warwick Evans in London in 2020 during COVID–19

Blood Brothers Broadway Liverpool Toronto reunion in 2020 with Santa Toby Mark Hutchinson Con ONeill and Warwick Evans

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