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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Wet, Wet Wet’s Marti Pellow returned to the Theatre Royal last night for a part in another smash hit musical.
He was like the devil in disguise as the narrator in Blood Brothers – the moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the social spectrum.
The Willy Russell-written story is a love tragedy set in Liverpool but with siblings, not star-crossed lovers, at the heart of the doomed relationship.
The friendship between Mickey (Sean Jones) an errant schoolboy, turned jealous and addicted former convict and Eddie (Jorden Bird) whose well-heeled upbringing seals his fate is beautifully portrayed.
Mickey, who made us laugh along out loud with his childish antics in his younger years, was transformed into a darker, more desperate character in the second half as his hopes and opportunities drained from him.
Eddie though, brought light to the dark, even through much of the second half, as he attempted to adapt his public-school ways to the more streetwise world of his ‘blood brother’ and peers. While Niki Evans was a revelation as Mrs Johnstone, whose emotional rendition of Tell Me It’s Not True brought a tear to her eye as well as everyone in the room to their feet for a well-deserved standing ovation.
The show also included other stand-out songs including Marilyn Monroe (Mrs Johnstone) and the menacing Shoes Upon the Table by Pellow.
The cast were also brilliantly aided by a skilfully crafted set – and period furniture, fixtures and fittings – which almost helped almost transported you back to the time and place the story was conceived.
Blood Brothers runs until November 17, £34-£6.50, 01603 630000, www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk