The story is a contemporary nature versus nurture plot, revolving around fraternal twins Mickey and Eddie, who were separated at birth, one subsequently being raised in a wealthy family, the other in a poor family. The different environments take the twins to opposite ends of the social spectrum, one becoming a councillor, and the other unemployed and in prison. They both fall in love with the same girl, causing a rift in their friendship and leading to the tragic death of both brothers.
I think it is my favourite musical theatre production. I can’t recall how many times I’ve seen it, but it’s a lot. I first went with Mum in January 1995 to London’s West End, when the late great musical theatre star Stephanie Lawrence was playing Mrs Johnstone. Later, when I worked in boarding education, I always did my best to wrangle an end of year outing to this show’s London production for my students. I took The Brainy One back when we’d only been going out for six months or so … it could have been a deal breaker if he hadn’t loved it …
This story isn’t new but even to this day, it packs a powerful message: no good can ever come from lies and deceit. The truth, no matter how painful to hear, is always the best way.
What’s your favourite theatre production?