Bill Kenwright’s ‘dazzling’ (Sunday Telegraph) production of the international smash hit musical, Blood Brothers, returns to the Millennium Forum next week, starring Rebecca Storm in the seminal role of Mrs Johnstone. It runs at the cityside venue from Tues 3 – Sat 7 March as part of a short Irish tour.
One of musical theatre’s most loved leading ladies, Rebecca Storm, makes a welcome return to Blood Brothers as Mrs. Johnstone. Her musical theatre career includes roles in Evita, Les Misérables, Chess, Aspects of Love, Piaf, Annie and Hello Dolly. Rebecca has released award winning albums including Ovation, Broadway By Storm and Ireland By Storm. Her album The Essential Rebecca Storm was recorded live at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre during her sell out concert.
Yesterday she took time out of her busy schedule in Dublin with ‘Blood Brothers’ to talk to myself about the show and how it is showing to date. Currently at Dublin’s Bord Gais theatre, Storm told me, “35,000 tickets have been sold here in just two weeks. It’s going brilliantly. It’s the best sales I’ve ever known.” The show is getting rave reviews in Dublin so we’re very fortunate that next stop for Blood Brothers’ is indeed Derry.
It’s 30+ years now since Rebecca Storm first starred in this show. How has it changed in that time? She says you, “learn something different every time. I’ve grown into the role so to speak. I feel like I’m my Mother! When I’m standing in the doorway with my arms folded, I just feel my mother.” She continues, “This role touches a lot of people. The whole show touches a lot of people. The audience can all identify with something in the show.”
Storm also told me that this was her very first audition all those years ago and it was her first role. Prior to this she had been doing cabaret. Over the past 30+ years, she has returned to the stage with this, her first role. She describes it as ‘iconic’ playing a role at 62, which she played at 23. That really is iconic indeed.
So just how has this show stood the test of time? “The story is very contemporary. There’s a lot coming out now that has been hidden for a long time. This show really does resonate with so many. There’s a real openness to it and allows for openness with the people who come to see it too.”
I asked Storm if anything can ever prepare us for the ending of this show. Having seen it a number of times it continues to move me. She fiercely replies, “No.” And I can’t disagree with that.
So as I prepare to go see this amazing show once again next week, I know the end will again leave me speechless and emotional yet again. And the entire story will blow me away all over again. Tickets are still available, but won’t be for long at http://www.millenniumforum.co.uk or call the box office on 02871264455.