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Maureen Nolan / Blood Brothers

Maureen Nolan is to reprise her role as Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers.

Hailed by the critics as one of the best musicals of all time, BLOOD BROTHERS has triumphed around the world. Scooping up no less than four awards for Best Musical in London, seven Tony nominations on Broadway, and receiving a standing ovation at every performance, BLOOD BROTHERS became the third longest-running musical production in West End history

Set in Willy Russell's native Liverpool, it tells the captivating tale of twin boys, separated at birth only to be re-united by a twist of fate and a mother's haunting secret. The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It's Not True.

Reviews for Maureen as Mrs Johnstone:

"Maureen Nolan as Mrs Johnstone is fantastic, offering heartache and hilarity almost in the same breath"

"The actress is stunning in the role and her powerful voice shines through..."

"The undoubted star of this production is Maureen Nolan in the role of Mrs Johnstone. Her performance is inclusive and engaging. Her singing is rich throughout. She also handles the complex transitions between moods effectively. At one point in the first half she seems to laugh with the audience, her face full of the joy of performance; at the end her cheeks are streaked with her character’s tears."

"Maureen Nolan delivers an outstanding performance. She is quite simply brilliant as she relays a powerful performance exuding emotion and feeling, ranging seamlessly from warm comedy to the bitter depths of anguish and despair."

"Maureen Nolan embodies the role perfectly, with her emotional rendition of "Tell Me It's Not True" moving much of the audience to tears."

"Her voice reverberates around the theatre as she puts herself and the audience through the emotional wringer."

"The undoubted star of this show is Maureen Nolan who is fantastic as the downtrodden Mrs Johnstone who dreams of dancing like Marilyn Monroe. Nolan has an incredible voice that, with Russell's emotional lyrics, sends shivers through the audience like a Mexican wave."

"Maureen Nolan does a first-class job and her performance epitomises everything that the character should be.
Nolan is utterly convincing and she tugs at the heartstrings of the audience, forcing them to embark on this poignant and emotional journey with her."

"Willy Russell had written the part of Mrs Johnstone for “a pop star who could sing wonderfully”. Maureen Nolan fills this criteria impeccably – and she can act. She belts out the famous numbers like “Marilyn Monroe” and of course “Tell me it’s not True” with such believeable passion."

"The current touring production stars Maureen Nolan as Mrs Johnstone, a role she has played before, and she was fantastic, practically breaking down during the final number."

"Maureen Nolan takes the lead as Mrs Johnstone, performing the role with great honesty, heart and simplicity. Her towering voice reaches every corner of the auditorium, leant new beauty by her adopted Merseyside accent which never falters, even when in song."

Maureen will be performing from the 6th of January - 10th of May 2014 -  Book your tickets here