Anyone who saw the stunning production of Blood Brothers at Peterborough’s Broadway theatre two years ago will, I am sure, remember the contribution of Sean Jones as Mickey.
It was a powerhouse performance - his transformation from happy-as-Larry short-trousered schoolboy to bitter and twisted, drug-fueled ex-con was a tour de force.
Happily the veteran of the cast is back in the role when the multi-award winning Willy Russell classic opens at the Broadway on Tuesday for the start of a new tour.
Returning to the not-to-be missed piece as his mother - the iconic Mrs Johnstone - is Lyn Paul, who Broadway audiences will have seen as Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret during the 2013 winter season.
She, of course, is no stranger to Blood Brothers. Billed as “the definitive Mrs Johnstone”, Lyn first played the part in 1997 and lastly in the final West End performances at the Phoenix Theatre in 2012.
Lyn rose to fame in the early 1970s as a member of the New Seekers.
She was the featured vocalist on their 1972 Eurovision Song Contest entry, ‘Beg, Steal or Borrow’, in which they came second and lead vocalist on the 1974 number-one hit ‘You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me’.
Rightly hailed as one of the best musicals of all time, Blood Brothers has triumphed across the globe – scooping no less than four awards for best musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway.
This epic tale of Liverpool life ran in London’s West End for 24 years and exceeded 10,000 performances - one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone.
It tells the captivating and moving story of twin boys separated at birth, only to be reunited by a twist of fate and a mother’s haunting secret.
When Mrs Johnstone, a young mother, is deserted by her husband and left to her own devices to provide for seven hungry children she takes a job as a housekeeper in order to make ends meet.
It is not long before her brittle world crashes around her when she discovers herself to be pregnant yet again – this time with twins!
In a moment of weakness and desperation, she enters a secret pact with her employer which leads inexorably to the show’s shattering climax.
The memorable score includes A Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.
The cast of the latest Peterborough offering from Bill Kenwright Ltd also features Kris Harding, as the Narrator, Joel Benedict as Eddie; Peter Washington as Sammy; Danielle Corlass as Linda; Paula Tappenden as Mrs Lyons; andTim Churchill as Mr Lyons.