Friday, May 11, 2012

Upcoming: Blood Brothers by Willy Russell, Trinity Street Players, June 2 - 24

Trinity Street Players, Austin, TX

Blood Brothers Trinity Street Players Austin TX

Blood Brothers
by Willy Russell
directed by Bob Beare
Jun 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 22-24
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Black Box Theatre, 4th floor, First Baptist Church, 901 Trinity Street (click for map)
free admission; reservations at (512) 402-3086
donations gratefully accepted

Written by award-winning author Willy Russell, the plot of Blood Brothers revolves around the story of two twin brothers separated at birth. One brother, Eddie, was adopted by wealthy parents and lives an affluent life with endless opportunities. The other brother, Mickey, not blessed with similar circumstances, is raised in poverty by his birth mother. The tale spans more than 20 years of the boys’ lives and finds Eddie going to prestigious University of Oxford, while Mickey turns to a life of crime and ultimately prison. While trying to overcome the social divide, the boys both fall in love with the same girl. This proves to be too much, splits their relationship, and leads to tragedy.

 The musical is directed by veteran theatre professional Bob Beare, whose last directorial experience was the highly acclaimed Three Viewings at Trinity Street Players’ Black Box Theatre. With many credits as a director, actor, and singer in Houston at Theatre Under the Stars, Stages Repertory Theatre, Theatre Lab, and Main Street Theatre, Beare is also an accomplished composer and lyricist. He has written, directed, and performed a variety of music for stage, screen, and video.

 “The show is known as the musical for people who hate musicals,” Director Beare said. “There are very few applause spots because the show moves so fluidly and takes the audience on a very satisfying and emotional ride.”

 The spectacular cast includes Austin favorites Ann Pittman, Jim Lindsay, Steve Williams, David McCullars, and Sarah Zerigue. Music will be directed by the Austin-based composer, orchestrator, and production pianist David Blackburn. “Blackburn has carefully crafted deceptively simple music that is sure to deepen theatre-goer’s emotion and connection to the story,” Beare said.

 A show with important themes for socially conscious people, Blood Brothers offers the nature vs. nurture conversation about growing up rich or poor, and what it does to personality development.

 Opening night is Saturday, June 2nd at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are free to the public, but reservations must be made by calling 512-402-3086. Donations are appreciated. The show runs June 2-24 (Fri and Sat - 7:30 pm, Sun 2:30 pm).

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