Top 15 Plays and Musicals About Siblings
This National Siblings Day, the Concord Theatricals family is celebrating with some of its favorite siblings in the theatre! Whether they’re our heroes, our mortal enemies, or our best friends, no matter what they’ll always be family.
Take a look at our list and be sure to share some of the love with your siblings today.
Blood Brothers by Willy Russell
( Full Length Musical, Drama / 5m, 3f, ensemble )
A haunting rags to riches tragedy of our times. A woman with numerous children to support surrenders one of her new born twins to the childless woman she cleans for. The boys grow up streets apart, never learning the truth but becoming firm friends and falling in love with the same girl. One prospers while the other falls on hard times. A narrator warns that a price has to be paid for separating twins: the lives of the blood brothers, who die on the day they find out they are related.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
( Full Length Musical / 17m, 2f, ensemble )
A re-imagining of the Biblical story of Joseph, his father Jacob, eleven brothers and the coat of many colors. Told entirely through song with the help of a Narrator, the musical follows preferred son Joseph. After being sold into slavery by his brothers, he ingratiates himself with Egyptian noble Potiphar, but ends up in jail after refusing the amorous advances of Potiphar’s wife. While imprisoned, Joseph discovers his ability to interpret dreams, and he soon finds himself in front of the mighty (but troubled), Elvis-inspired, Pharaoh. Joseph’s solution to Egypt’s famine elevates him to Pharaoh’s right-hand man and reunites him with his family.
Meet Me in St. Louis by Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane, and Hugh Wheeler
( Full Length Musical / 9m, 7f, 1 m or f, ensemble )
It is the summer of 1903, and the Smith family eagerly anticipates the opening of the 1904 World’s Fair. Over the course of a year, the family’s mutual respect, tempered with good-natured humor, helps them through romance, opportunity, and heartbreaks. The musical includes seven of the best-loved songs from the MGM film (including “The Trolley Song,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”), plus ten additional Martin & Blane songs written specially for the stage.
Side Show by Henry Krieger and Bill Russell
( Full Length Musical, Drama / 14m, 7f, ensemble )
Based on the true story of Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton who became stars during the Depression, Side Show is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bond brings them fame but denies them love. Told almost entirely in song, the show follows their progression from England to America, around the vaudeville circuit, and to Hollywood on the eve of their appearance in the 1932 movie Freaks.
Twelfth Night by Shaina Taub
( Full Length Musical, Comedy / 7m, 4f, 5m or f, ensemble )
A rousing contemporary adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy about mistaken identity and self-discovery. Viola, a young heroine, washes up on the shores of Illyria separated from her brother, Sebastian. She disguises herself as a man, is sent to court a countess and falls hard for a Duke. As she navigates this strange and wonderful new land, she finds her true self and true love in the process.
You're a Good Man Charlie Brown by Clark Gesner
( Full Length Musical, Comedy / 4m, 2f )
Based on the beloved comic strip by Charles Schultz, Charlie Brown, Sally Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, and Snoopy take us through this charming revue of vignettes and songs. Two new songs, “Beethoven Day” and “My New Philosophy,” have been added to the twelve numbers from the original version, which include “My Blanket and Me,” “The Baseball Game,” “Little Known Facts,” “Suppertime,” and “Happiness.”
Amy and the Orphans by Lindsey Ferrentino
( Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 4m, 2f )
When their eighty-five-year-old father dies, sparring siblings Maggie and Jake must face a question: How to break the bad news to their sister Amy, who has Down syndrome and has lived in a state home for years? Along the way, the pair find out just how much they don’t know about their family and each other. It seems only Amy knows who she really is.
Familiar by Danai Gurira
( Full Length Play, Comedy / 3m, 5f )
Marvelous and Donald, Zimbabwean emigrants in Minnesota, are preparing for the marriage of their eldest daughter, Tendi. They have gracefully blended Zimbabwean culture alongside their American culture, but their house is turned upside down when Marvelous’ sister comes from Zimbabwe to perform a very traditional wedding ceremony in which the groom barters for the bride. Tensions flare and identities clash as the family’s fabric slowly unravels and they are forced to take a hard look at who they truly are.
For Peter Pan on her 70’s Birthday by Sarah Ruhl
( Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 4m, 2f )
When Ann thinks of her father, she immediately remembers playing Peter Pan in her hometown theater in Iowa, particularly when he used to bring her flowers after her performance. Her memory is jogged by the fact that she and her four siblings are in their father’s hospital room during his final moments. His death sparks a conversational wake that includes everything from arguments over politics to when each sibling realized that they grew up. A loving look at a family’s view of death, life, and the allure of never growing up.
The Moors by Jen Silverman
( Full Length Play, Dark Comedy / 1m, 5f )
Two sisters and a dog live out their lives on the bleak English moors, dreaming of love and power. The arrival of a hapless governess and a moor-hen set all three on a strange and dangerous path. The Moors is a dark comedy about love, desperation, and visibility.
The Piano Lesson by August Wilson
( Full Length Play, Drama / 5m, 3f )
It is 1936, and Boy Willie arrives in Pittsburgh from the South in a battered truck loaded with watermelons to sell. He has an opportunity to buy some land down home, but he has to come up with the money right quick. He wants to sell an old piano that has been in his family for generations, but he shares ownership with his sister and it sits in her living room. She has already rejected several offers because the antique piano is covered with incredible carvings detailing the family’s rise from slavery. Boy Willie tries to persuade his stubborn sister that the past is past, but she is more formidable than he anticipated.
She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen
( Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy / 3m, 6f )
A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games. Following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly, Agnes Evans prepares to leave her childhood home in Ohio. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge.
Sundown, Yellow Moon by Rachel Bonds
( Full Length Play, Drama / 4m, 3f )
Ray and Joey, twin sisters, have returned home to their small southern town to help their father in a moment of crisis. He is recently divorced and has just had an altercation with the administration at the school where he teaches. Joey is about to head off to Berlin on a Fulbright scholarship, while Ray has just left her job and a romantic relationship with her boss. The family comes together and sees friends from their pasts, but they can’t get over the ennui that is associated with moving on from where they’ve been to where they will be.
Three Sisters by Sarah Ruhl
( Full Length Play, Drama / 9m, 5f )
Transplanted from their beloved Moscow to a provincial Russian town, three sisters—school teacher Olga, unhappily married Masha, and idealistic Irina—yearn for the city of their childhood, where they imagine their lives will be transformed and fulfilled. A portrait of a family grappling with the bittersweet distance between reality and dreams.
Yen by Anna Jordan
( Full Length Play, Drama / 2m, 2f )
Hench is sixteen, Bobbie is thirteen. They live alone with their dog, Taliban, playing PlayStation, watching porn; surviving. Sometimes their chaotic mum, Maggie, visits; occasionally she passes out on the front lawn. But when Jenny knocks on the door, the boys discover a world far beyond what they know, a world full of love, possibility, and danger.
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photo: Joan Marcus