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Spice girl Melanie C to star as Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers from 26 Oct 2009 at Phoenix Theatre

Spice Girl Melanie C to star as Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers from 26 Oct 2009 at the Phoenix Theatre

Liverpool born Melanie C (Melanie Chisholm - nicknamed "Sporty Spice") will be making her theatrical debut in Blood Brothers. It will be the first by a Spice Girl in a West End musical. As a solo artist, she has released four albums, earned nominations for BRIT and ECHO Awards. Melanie has recently staged a reunion tour with the Spice Girls.

Blood Brothers is directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright. The design is by Marty Flood and the musical director is Rod Edwards.

Of all the “mega hit” long running musicals currently in the West End, Blood Brothers is unique in that this second incarnation opened at the Albery Theatre on 28th July 1988, after the original production had failed to score a West End success at the Lyric Theatre, three years previously in 1985.

Bill Kenwright picked up the rights to the musical in 1987, and a re-vamped Blood Brothers returned to the West End the following year. It was the first West End revival to be nominated for the Best Musical Revival Olivier Award within two years of winning the Original Best Musical production! It transferred from the Albery to the Phoenix four years later in 1991, where it remains today.

The story concerns a pair of twins from Liverpool who are separated at birth. Later in life their paths cross in friendship and anger.

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