Blood Brothers on Broadway 1994

Blood Brothers 1994 Broadway Playbill

Still going through old Playbills. Blood Brothers was my final show on my 1994 trip to New York. We saw four shows in all that trip: Carousel, Miss Saigon, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and Blood Brothers.

Carole King was playing Mrs. Johnstone at the time. Adrian Zmed was the narrator. Kerry Butler made her Broadway debut in the chorus. Susan Tilson, whom I loved as Eponine in the national tour of Les Miserables went on as Mrs. Lyons.

Odd memory. Some annoying guy sitting next to me kept cracking up at Carole King’s line deliveries. Not sure if he was thoroughly enjoying her performance or ridiculing it.

This was presented at the Music Box theater which I remember thinking was being quite beautiful.


Disenchanted was the choice for this week’s Friday’s Family Film. It’s the sequel to 2007’s Enchanted which found Amy Adam playing a fairy tale princess-type who is thrust into modern-day New York.

Disenchanted‘s plot was reminiscent of a less witty, squeaky clean Into the Woods with far inferior songs and blander characters. The premise…what comes after “happily ever after.” Giselle and family, which includes token sullen teenager, leave New York behind to settle in the burbs and yadda yadda yadda… Giselle falls under a curse that turns her into an evil stepmother.

We started the evening with five viewers but lost Timmy (12) halfway through the two hour and one minute movie. He grew weary of the forgettable songs and meandering story which leads me to my pet peeve…the movie’s unnecessarily long length. No family film needs to exceed the two hour mark, but it seems today’s directors think extra long = extra good. No thanks. This movie could’ve easily been told in 90 minutes.

Anyway, I didn’t care for the movie for reasons listed above. Also, the Maya Rudolph character was not needed and should’ve been axed.

Ashley (10) liked the movie a lot though and gave it her seal of approval. Nothing scared her, and she never seemed restless.