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Chaminade Presents the United Kingdom Cult Classic “Blood Brothers” by Willy Russell

–ONLY FIVE PERFORMANCES THIS APRIL AT MAMIYA THEATRE–

The Performing Arts Department of Chaminade University will present the musical Blood Brothers, with book, music and lyrics by Willy Russell, at 7:30 p.m. on April 17 and April 24-25, and at 4 p.m. on Sundays, April 19 and April 26, at Mamiya Theatre, 3140 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816. This will be the Hawaii premiere of this musical, which opened on Broadway in 1993 and garnered several Tony nominations. Before Broadway, it received the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical and has been on national tour of the United Kingdom. The plot revolves around the lives of fraternal twins separated at birth with the theme of environmental vs hereditary factors’ effects on destiny. The brothers’ lives reflect the social justice issue of class struggle. The play has become a cult classic in production for over 20 years.

Tickets will be available at the door and cost $20 for general admission and $10 for children, seniors, military, and students and for Chaminade faculty and staff. Advance tickets purchased with cash may be done at Chaminade’s business office. Advance tickets using a credit card may be done through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blood-brothers-musical-tickets-15836449246?aff=es2&rank=22. For more information, call (808)735-4827.

BRO. GARY MORRIS, SM, a native San Franciscan, has been directing plays for more than 40 years and has more than a 100 plays to his credit. He is part of a team invited to Chaminade University to develop performing arts classes and programs on campus. This is his tenth year at Chaminade as associate professor of theater and English.

TIMOTHY CARNEY serves as associate professor of music at Chaminade University, where he teaches courses in Great Composers, Musical Theatre, and conducts the Chaminade Chorus. He is also music director of the Hawaii Vocal Arts Ensemble, a select choral group in residence at Chaminade.

BRAD POWELL is an award winning director, choreographer, dancer and actor. For more than 21 years, he was the executive producer/writer for educational television. He has acted, directed and choreographed at all of the major theatres in Hawaii as well as on the mainland, in Germany, Samoa, Portugal, Japan and Norway. Powell has worked with Morris on several productions.

Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816.  For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at www.chaminade.edu or call (808) 735-4711. ###

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE      HONOLULU—March 11, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Kapono Ryan
Kryan@chaminade.edu
Office (808) 735-4797

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