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Musical is a triumph; REVIEW.

Byline: Paul Williams

BLOOD BROTHERS Birmingham Hippodrome, until October 30. Running time 2hrs 30mins.

Willy Russell's Blood Brothers is a powerful and emotive tale of twin boys separated. And it's the consequences of that life-changing moment which carry the musical through to its absorbingly climatic conclusion.

The three main characters endear themselves to us with charm, charisma and comedy - a task made all the easier when working with Russell's wonderful way with words.

Linda Nolan, right, who plays Mrs Johnstone, delivers a dynamic and passionate performance. Her voice, a pleasure to listen to, brings joy and heartbreak to Russell's clever, witty lyrics.

Sean Jones, as Mickey, provides a memorable moment - one I'll recall whenever I think of Blood Brothers - with his "nearly eight" scene.

But what makes this show such a complete triumph is the strength in its entirity as a whole package. There simply isn't a weak link.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 20, 2004
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