5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Touching, scary, comedic, and quality.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Blood Brothers (Audio CD)
In case you didn't already know, I have a passion for narrators in musicals and it is a secret dream of mine to play the narrator in a musical some day.
The narrator in Blood Brothers is my absolute favourite.
For the uninitiated, Blood Brothers is the touching story of two best friends who... are brothers, only, uh... they don't know they're brothers, which kind of complicates things.
This musical is witty and clever in that it is full of irony, for example, one character plays games about dying but, in his words, "if you cross your fingers and count from one to ten, you can get up off the ground..." and ends up shooting someone, upon which the narrator reminds him that if he crossed his fingers and counted, it might all be a game.
While the characters appear to have their ups and downs, the narrator represents the stark reality of the world around them and brings into context the guilty secret that the main character (Mrs. Johnstone) holds inside her in one simple phrase - "The Devil's got your number."
Sublime singing all around, melodic and rocky playing of instruments and sharp, bitter irony carry this touching recording through to the end, which is so shocking and disturbing that one cannot help but be moved by the characters' final song. But it's inescapable. As the narrator will remind you, the devil's got your number.