"Blood Brothers" review

Friday, October 01, 2004

Speaking of theater, last week was my birthday (Yeap, I'm 24 now, wow), anyways, a friend took me to see this musical called "Blood Brothers". I had heard some good things about it and since it's been running for like 13 years here in London's West End, I was expecting something interesting. Anyways, theshow started and by intermission me and my friend were almost in shock at just how BAD the show was. DAMN! We couldn't believe it! I mean it was bordering on hilarious! HAHAHAHA! We naively thought it would get better in the second act, but of course it didn't! hahaha, it just got MORE melodramatic and silly. Let me try to explain...

At first the music was ok (some synthesizers sounds were kind of odd, but all in all alright)... then it just degenerated into what my frind called "A cheap porn soundtrack from the 80's". Even thought like 2 or 3 songs wer ok, the arrangements were really tacky. Then the show has this narrator/"Greek chorus" character that is rather odd, then he keeps on singing the same damn song for like 75% of the show, it gets REALLY annoying. And then the mother also sort of steps into the narrator role, so he is kind of left out at times, it's silly. Then they do this thing in which the adult actors play their characters from the time their 8 yrs old, and at the beginning it's kind of funny and quirky, but eventually you grow tired of it because they're like 18 and they still talk with the same squeaky voice! Hahahaha. You also figure they'll grow up, but when you reach the half of the second act and they're still fucking kids it's starts to get a little tiring. And the production goes for so many cheap laughs (silly and dumb jokes that have nothing to do with the show, like emphasizing how a single actor plays many parts and juts plain idiotic kid stuff), it's discouraging. And the melodrama.... GEEZ! It just gets so bad it's pathetic!(And very very funny, we soon realized there was another group of people giggling as well, hahaha). They completely over use the synthesizers to emphasize the dramatic moments that it takes no time for it to become too cheesy, hahaha. And then the climax of the whole "tragedy" is just so badly staged and stupid it's almost incoherent. The real tragedy is the book of the show (and most of the score). Actually, the absolutely last number is quite touching and effective, but after all you've been put through it just isn't enough. We actually saw this lady crying at the end and we just burst into laughter, hahaha. It's a really bad show but it just gives you LOADS of material to laugh at, it's great. But still, I don't recommend it, at all. You want good musical tragedy? Go see "Sweeney Todd"! I plan to this week... tell ya all about it.

2 Comments:

  • At September 18, 2013 1:10 AM, Blogger peter condon said…

    This entry you had more spelling mistakes andyou seemed to have lost the plot in your expression almost as if written by someone with no writting ability at all.I will go along with the possibility that it was writen on your return from the show and as a result you were both drunk and tired.Peter

     
  • At September 18, 2013 8:14 AM, Anonymous G said…

    Yikes. Apologies for such a crap post. I'd like to say I was intoxicated when I wrote this, but I honestly don't remember. And what's with all the "hahaha"'s everywhere. Most annoying...

    I still stand by the fact that "Blood Brothers" is a crap show...

     

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