John Mann Appearing in Musical Blood Brothers

John Mann, Spirit of The West concert at PNE 2010 on Aug 29, 2010

In terms of homegrown rock royalty, you can’t get much bigger in Vancouver than John Mann (OK, unless you’re Sarah McLachlan).  The lead singer of the iconic rock band Spirit of the West, Mann was born in Calgary but eventually migrated to Vancouver.  Soon thereafter, he and his band mates begin cranking out a series of iconic tunes that many Vancouverites know by heart:  Home for a Rest, Political, And If Venice is Sinking . . . just to name a few.

But of course, Mann also has another side.  As an actor, he’s appeared in Smallville, Da Vinci’s Inquest, Battlestar Galactica and a number of other TV series.  His theatre credits include Of Mice and Men, Miss Saigon and Beyond Eden, which explored BC’s aboriginal roots and lingering tensions.

And this month, Mann stars in the classic musical Blood Brothers, being staged at the Arts Club‘s Granville Island Stage from Nov. 17-Dec. 31.

With a plot worthy of Shakespeare, Blood Brothers is the emotionally charged story of twins separated at birth.  They grow up in separate worlds – one brother ensconced in a world of wealth and privilege; the other living in poverty.  But, in the end, fate brings them together when they fall in love with the same girl and their mother is forced to reveal the truth.

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First staged in 1983, Blood Brothers was called “the greatest musical of the decade” by the International Herald Tribune.  With John Mann as the narrator, the work should get a boost of new life in the Arts Club production.

Tickets for the show are $44.  But you can get a sneak peek at the dress rehearsal on Wednesday, Nov. 16, for just $10.  Not a bad price to pay to see a Vancouver musical legend.


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