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Maureen Nolan to join cast Blood Brothers
Maureen Nolan is to join the cast of Willy Russell's Blood Brothers on 11 April 2005 in the role of 'Mrs Johnstone' at the Phoenix Theatre.
The rest of the cast is : Philip Stewart (Narrator), Richard Munday (Mickey), Mark Hutchinson (Eddie), Jacqueline Charlesworth (Mrs Lyons), Debbie Eden (Linda), Stephen Pallister (Mr Lyons), Michael Southern (Sammy), David Ashley (PC/Teacher), Craig Whiteley (Perkins), Emma Thornett (Donna Marie), Alex Harland (Bus Conductor), Joanne McShane (Brenda), David Cooper (Neighbour).
(Others who have played Mrs Johnstone have been Barbara Dickson, Kiki Dee, Petula Clark, Siobhan McCarthy, Carole King, Helen Reddy, Stephanie Lawrence, Bernie, Linda and Denise Nolan.)
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 show is directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright, with design by Marty Flood.
The story concerns a pair of twins from Liverpool who are separated at birth. Later in life their paths cross in friendship and anger.