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Blood Brothers - The Musical

Auditions for the Milton Players' Fall production of the musical Blood Brothers,
directed by Frank Moffett, musical director Danielle Glougher
will take place
June 19, and 20 at 7 PM
at the Pappas Rehabilitation Hospital for Children, 3 Randolph St. in  Canton (directions)
Callbacks, if needed, will be on June 22

Please prepare 16-32 measures of a song in the style of the show or from the show itself. An accompanist will be provided (no a cappella).


About the Play

Blood Brothers is a musical with book, lyrics, and music by Willy Russell. The story is a contemporary nature versus nurture plot, revolving around fraternal twins Mickey and Eddie, who were separated at birth - one raised in a wealthy family while the other was raised in a poor family. The twins' different economic upbringings take them in different social directions, one becoming a successful councilor and the other an unemployed outcast. They both fall in love with the same girl, causing a tear in their friendship and leading to a tragic ending.  Russell says that his work was based on a one-act play that he read as a child "about two babies switched at birth ... it became the seed for Blood Brothers. The musical ran for 24 years in London and New York with stars, such as Petula Clark, Barbara Dickson, and Helen Reddy. The memorable score includes A Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It's Not True.

About the Characters

MRS. JOHNSTONE (MOTHER): Female, 30’s -40’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 gives up one of her twins.

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, Gynecologist, Bus Conductor, Milkman 2, Teacher.

MRS. LYONS: Female, 30’s – 40’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’s – 40’s (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 9 - 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.

CHORUS: Miss Jones, Donna Marie, Milkman, Gynecologist, Teacher, manager, Judge, Conductor, Doctor, Warden, Councilors, Neighbors (Actors play several speaking and singing roles).


Questions? Email us and we'll be happy to get back to you!

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