Following a successful spring season of sell-out shows, Marti Pellow is back to continue his role as Narrator for the autumn touring leg of Blood Brothers, opening at the New Wimbledon Theatre on Tuesday 8 September.
Pellow extends his role in Willy Russell’s critically-acclaimed musical at selected theatres across the UK from September. Also returning to the show will be Maureen Nolan, who will reprise her role as the tragic Mrs Johnstone.
For more than 30 years, Marti Pellow has enjoyed success: as the lead singer of Wet Wet Wet, as a solo artist, and as a leading man of musical theatre. Starring roles include Evita, Blood Brothers, The Witches of Eastwick, Chess, Jekyll & Hyde and Chicago. As a solo-singer, recording artist and with Wet Wet Wet, Pellow has enjoyed virtually unrivalled chart success, with over 25 hits and three of the UK’s biggest number one singles, including the seminal ‘Love is All Around’. In 2013, after 20 years apart, Wet Wet Wet reunited for a sell-out arena tour. That same year, Pellow released Hope, his eighth solo album, and this year he released Boulevard of Life, which saw him return to his roots as a singer-songwriter and collaborate with some of his closest friends in the industry, including Chris Difford from Squeeze, for an album of soul, country and pop.
Maureen Nolan has been singing with her sisters since she was nine years old. Together they became one of Europe’s first girl bands – The Nolans. The Nolans’ success is legendary, including phenomenal record sales worldwide, particularly in Japan where they sold more records than The Beatles! Maureen has played Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers in the West End and on tour to critical acclaim. She was the fourth Nolan sister to play the role, earning the sisters entry into The Guinness Book of Records.
Hailed as one of the best musicals of all time, Blood Brothers has triumphed across the globe. Scooping up no less than four awards for best musical in London and seven Tony Award nominations on Broadway, the epic tale of Liverpool life ran in London’s West End for 24 years and exceeded 10,000 performances. It is one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone.
Blood Brothers is directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright with design by Andy Walmsley. Dan Samson is the sound designer, Tom De Keyser is the musical supervisor and Kelvin Towse is the musical director.