A few years ago, I saw Lyn Paul play Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers. And she was far, far old to be suitable even then.
Now she’s back again to screech her way through the much-loved musical as it sets out on tour again.
The production stars Joel Benedict as Eddie, Danielle Corlass as Linda, Danny Taylor as Sammy and Chloe Taylor as Mrs Lyons. Alexander Patmore returns as Mickey alongside Robbie Scotcher as the narrator. Most musicals tend to star a tour-specific cast, but this show is unusual in that a lot of its key cast members return again and again.
The musical is fantastic, so it’s no great surprise actors want to be part of it for as long as they can. It’s won seven Tony Award nominations and four Best Musical in London awards, travelling all across the world and exceeding 10,000 performances in London’s West End. To put that into context, only three musicals have ever achieved that milestone!
The strong, written by one of this country’s leading contemporary dramatists Willy Russell, is particularly strong and is complemented by great songs including A Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the power ballad hit Tell Me It’s Not True..
It’s a moving story about twin boys separated at birth, who must never know about one another… yet when they’re reunited by a twist of fate will anyone’s lives ever be the same again?
It’s a cracking show but I have to say Lyn Paul did ruin it the last time I saw it, but hopefully that won’t be the case if you get chance to go along and see it.
See the show at Grand Opera House, York, from 28th October to 2nd November.