Blood Brothers
"Adventurous theater in Astoria"

-- The New York Times

Books, Music & Lyrics by Willy Russell

“A tasteful revival of a worthwhile show, which you will want to catch whether or not you have seen the musical before.” -John Simon, Theater Critic

Outstanding Production of a Musical
Outstanding Director (Tom Wojtunik)
Outstanding Set Design (Stephen K. Dobay)
Outstanding Lighting Design (Dan Jobbins)


May 2-25, 2013


The Tony Nominated and Oliver Award Winning Best Musical Blood Brothers tells the tragic story of a mother who, unable to support her children, surrenders one of her newborn twins to a childless woman. Unaware that they are brothers, the boys grow up just streets apart in vastly different homes – one wealthy, the other poor. Despite their different upbringings, they become close friends.  But when they fall in love with the same girl, their friendship is tested, and their fate sealed.

Supported in part by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council as well as Investors Foundation, NYSCA, the Caffe Cino Fellowship from the New York Innovative Theatre Foundation, and the Dramatists Guild Fund. Special thanks to Council Member Peter Vallone, Jr.


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Production photos by Jennifer Maufrais Kelly 

Rehearsal Photos by Bradley Hawks 

Opening Night Cast Party Photos by Matty Baker

Inside Blood Brothers


Blood Brothers, Starring Colleen Hawks and Simon Pearl, Extends Queens Run –

Feature on Blood Brothers by Bradley Hawks, Boro Magazine, May 2013 

Queens-Bred Costumer Designs for APAC’s Blood Brothers – Queens Gazette

Astoria PAC’s new musical tackles issues of class and family – TimesLedger

PHOTO FLASH: APAC’s Blood Brothers –

Blood Brothers, Starring Colleen Hawks and Simon Pearl, Begins Queens Run May 2 –


“I’ve seen several productions at APAC and I am always amazed by the quality of the work that is presented. It’s not that my expectations are low, it’s just that they’re always exceeded. The professionalism and ingenuity — not to mention the general attention to creativity and playfulness — is always enthralling and refreshing. If more theatres took the risks that APAC does, audiences and artists would all be better off.”Molly Marinik, Theatre is Easy

“My idea of a perfect musical combines a compelling story, stirring music, innovative design, extraordinary singing voices and acting that isn’t sacrificed to the musicality. Such is APAC’s production of Blood Brothers…All in all, Blood Brothers is a timeless story, an innovative production, and an exultant theatrical experience. This one is not to be missed.”Georgina Young-Ellis, Queens Gazette, May 15, 2013

“In recent years, APAC has mounted excellent revivals of musicals like The Human Comedy and The Secret Garden on modest means but with first-rate talent, and Blood Brothers is no different. If you’re willing to venture into Queens — and you should — it’ll be worth the trip.” – David Gordon, 

“Proof that you don’t have to travel into the city for superior quality theater, this production features a stellar cast (many with Broadway credits), superb direction, and stunning musical direction.” -Bradley Hawks, Boro Magazine

The Blood Brothers Blog

#14 –  Audience Member Hannah Lewis (Actress, The Secret Garden)

#13 – Assistant Stage Manager Jamie Rosler

#12 – Audience Member Jonathan Thompson

#11 – Assistant Director Mark Falconer

#10 – Actress Kayla Wickes

#9 – Volunteer Carole Tosiello 

#8 – Audience Member Laura Kellner

#7 – Actor Rowan Michael Meyer

#6 – Wardrobe Supervisor Jenny Herdman Lando

#5 – Musical Director Julianne Merrill

#4 – Production Manager Annie Jacobs

#3 – Costume Designer Caitlin Cisek 

#2 – Set Designer Stephen K. Dobay

#1 – Director Tom Wojtunik

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