Project Description


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 2 years on 30 April 1995 after 840 performances.

Directed by Bill Kenwright and Bob Tomson. Set & Costume design by Andy Walmsley with Lighting Design by Joe Atkins & Sound Design by Paul Astbury. Production Musical Direction: Rod Edwards; Musical Director: Rick Fox; Production Supervisor: Toby Simkin; Production Stage Manager: Mary Porter Hall; Stage Manager: John Lucas and Assistant Stage Manager: Douglas Weston.

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

Later, cast replacements included Petula Clark making her Broadway debut as Mrs. Johnstone, with David Cassidy and Shaun Cassidy as her sons. Regina O’Malley, Carole King & Helen Reddy replaced Petula Clark later in the Broadway run.

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

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 and Flugelhorn: Neil Balm.

Music arranged by Del Newman; Assistant Scenic Design: Leigh Rand; Assistant Costume Design: Elizabeth Hope Clancy; Hair Stylist: Robert-Charles Vallance; General Manager: Stuart Thompson; Company Manager: Bruce Klinger; Assistant to Mr. Thompson: Eric Muratalla; Technical Supervisor: Gene O’Donovan, Neil Mazzella and Aurora Productions; Musical Coordinator: Mort Silver; Casting: Pat McCorkle; Press Representative: Philip Rinaldi; Press Assistant: Lotte Stavisky; Press Associate: James L.L. Morrison; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc. and Photographer: Joan Marcus