The Windham Theatre Guild proudly presents a haunting, award winning, record breaking musical that’s rarely performed. Opening Friday, November 1st at the Burton Leavitt Theatre, it’s Blood Brothers, with book, music and lyrics by Willy Russell. First opening in 1988, Blood Brothers ran for 24 years, earning the honor as the 3rd longest running work of musical theatre in the West End District of London.
Blood Brothers is the story of Mickey and Edward, two twin brothers who are separated at birth and raised in different homes. Eventually they become best friends of the closest kind, “blood brothers”. However, the fact that they are related is concealed by their mothers who strive to keep them apart for superstitious beliefs.
Their lives continue to intertwine, although the deep divisions between the privileged life of Edward and Mickey’s poverty-stricken existence are apparent. As adults, they are caught up in a love triangle with Mickey’s childhood sweetheart Linda. This story is told with great humor as the kids grow up and delivers a powerful message with the help of a wonderful soft-rock score. For Victor Funderburk, Windham Theatre Guild’s President and Artistic Director, it has been a dream to one day get a chance to direct this unforgettable musical. After seeing the production twice in England, Victor saw and felt first hand how Blood Brothers shook the souls of those who experienced it. Every night, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house…and it was obvious why this show was nicknamed “the standing ovation musical”. Musical Director for the show is the wonderful Ken Clark.
Blood Brothers runs November 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 & 16, 2013 at 8:00pm, Sunday, November 10 at 2:00 pm, and Thursday, November 14 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $21 for adults, $18 for students and seniors (60+), $13 for children under 12, and $12 for UCONN/ECSU/QVCC Students (with ID). Thursday November 14th is “Bargain Night”! Anyone who buys a ticket at the door on Thursday, will pay the kid’s price of just $13. This special offer does NOT apply to tickets reserved in advance. City Side Deli on Main Street in Willimantic is offering WTG patrons the opportunity to feast on a sumptuous buffet dinner and dessert bar before the show on Saturday, November 16th. Tickets which include the show, buffet, taxes and gratuity are just $40 for adults, $37 for seniors and students, and $32 for children (under 12) and must be reserved in advance. Reservations and additional information are available by 860-423-2245. Call 860-423-2245 or visit windhamtheatreguild.org to make reservations. Tickets are also available at the door. No refunds.