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Maureen Nolan explains why Blood Brothers is the best musical ever written
Self-proclaimed Blood Brothers stalker Maureen Nolan is once again starring in the “best musical ever.”
The passionate super-fan is returning to her favourite role of Mrs Johnstone when the emotional show comes to Fairfield Halls in Croydon.
Maureen and her Nolan Sisters love playing this part so much, they have even secured a place in The Guinness Book of World Records for their appearances in the musical.
“I’m a bit of a Blood Brothers stalker.” Maureen told News Shopper.
“I did two years in the West End in 2005 and I’ve been in it on and off since then.
“For me, there’s no better musical.
“It makes you think about your life, makes you laugh and cry and it’s got great songs.
“If your husband isn’t into musicals, it’s more like a play with music – it’s not poncey.
“My husband isn’t into musicals and he loves it.”
Maureen went to see the show 18 times before she got her chance to join the cast.
Blood Brothers tells the moving story of twin boys separated at birth, only to be reunited by a twist of fate.
“I play Mrs Johnstone, who is a mother of seven at 25.” Maureen added.
“Her husband walks out and she finds out she’s pregnant again.
“There’s no money, no husband, no support and she’s struggling really badly.
“She can just about manage one more child – but she finds out she’s expecting twins.”
The abandoned mother, who finds work as a housekeeper in a wealthy home, has no choice but to give up one of her baby boys to her rich mistress.
They grow up in very different circumstances, but meet every seven years.
Maureen said: “I think it’s set in the 1960s.
“With the credit crunch today, people are really struggling and it’s very relevant.
“It’s had a new lease of life.
“It is very difficult not to enjoy some part of it.
“It’s thought provoking and, oh my God, so emotional I’m not even going to go there.
“You will be distraught.
“Do yourself a favour and don’t miss it.”
Marti Pellow, former Wet Wet Wet member, is taking on the role of the Narrator.
Written by Willy Russell, the show also pays homage to his beloved Marilyn Monroe.
Maureen continued: “He had an obsession with Marilyn Monroe and the theme runs throughout.
“There are some beautiful songs.
“I could never get sick of playing this part.
“As long as my knees and my hips hold up I’ll keep doing it – she falls on her knees at one point.
“At the beginning I’m supposed to be 18, but it’s the way you play it.
“My boys are men, but they play 7-year-olds, then 14-year-olds.
“That in itself is really interesting, and so well played.
“Age is not important.”
The singer says returning to theatre in south east London feels like coming home.
She hopes to visit her cousin in Eltham and her band-mate and sister Bernie in Weybridge during the Fairfield Halls run.
Catch the show between February 4 and February 9.
Visit Fairfield.co.uk for tickets.
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