Panelists for the League of Cincinnati Theatres (LCT) have recognized the College Conservatory of Musicâ€™s production of Blood Brothers with a 4.5 Star Rating.
Blood Brothers is the haunting story of the Johnson twins, separated at birth and brought together by the power of friendship. A tale of superstition, class distinction and adolescent love loosely based on The Corsican Brothers by Alexandre Dumas, Blood Brothers was the winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Musical in 1983.
Panelists praised director Vince DeGeorge â€œfor his tight direction and bare-bones concept – he showed that one needs not have a big set and scenery to put together a powerful production.â€ Steve Goers received strong kudos for his rearrangement of the score for voices: â€œthe vocal ensemble provided the full harmonic textures of the score that Goersâ€™ lone piano could not. His overture had the ensemble sing the string, brass and wind parts to create a very evocative opening.â€ The entire cast was commended: â€œa bonded ensemble that was used expressively and expertlyâ€¦every performer was beautifully cast and resonated with me.â€ In particular, leads Thomas Knapp as Mickey, Karl Amundson as Eddie, and Hannah Kornfeld as Mrs. Johnstone were singled out for touching and believable performances. Overall panelists found Blood Brothers â€œan outstanding production of a weird and wonderful showâ€¦smashing!â€
League of Cincinnati Theatre panelists evaluate productions on a 5 star scale and recommend shows at either a 4 star or 5 star level. Nominations for LCT awards will be determined and announced at the end of the season and winners awarded at the annual LCT gala in the spring.