And that was certainly the case for the opening night at Buxton Opera House on Monday.
Willy Russell’s tale of twins, separated at birth, only to learn their true identity with dramatic consequences at the end of the show, has humour, drama and emotion in equal measure.
Lyn Paul was fantastic as Mrs Johnstone, bringing her struggles and turmoils to life in a way that really connected with the audience.
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And Sean Jones was superb as Mickey, making the transition from naive seven-year-old to deeply troubled adult seamlessly.
Packed with powerful songs from the emotional Tell Me It’s Not True to Shoes Upon the Table, Blood Brothers is known as the ‘standing ovation’ musical as it brings audiences to their feet time after time.
And with a beautifully written story, wonderfully acted, Buxton’s production will not disappoint.
So if you’re heading to the show this week, expect to leave humming the songs, but with a tear in your eye.
Blood Brothers runs until March 12 at Buxton Opera House.
For tickets, call 01298 72190 or see www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.