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"It's such a strong piece, there's always something new about it." Doing it afresh for London, she discovered that she enjoyed doing it more and more. Kiki Dee first appeared in 1987 at the Albery Theatre, in London before touring and returning to the West End when the production moved to the Phoenix Theatre. She returned to the role several times.
Kiki Dee starred in Blood Brothers for which she
was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award.
Angela Richards played the role of Mrs. Johnstone in 1989, at the Albery Theatre.
Petula Clark made her Broadway debut alongside David and Shaun Cassidy in a highly successful production of Blood Brothers and followed it with an American tour. "As Mrs Johnstone, the spirited loving mother of the twins, Petula Clark is sublime. Her superb vocal gift and fine craft as an actor come together as never before ... Chicago Review. August - April 1994 Broadway & September - May 1994/5 US Tour
"'Blood Brothers' wipes me away, without fail, every time. Petula Clark is in thrilling vocal form." New York Newsday
"After the first act, I said, "I'm in. I love the show. Willy Russell is so talented."
Australian born, Helen Reddy has appeared as both Shirley Valentine, the one-woman play by Willy Russell, and as Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers. She has performed in Broadway and on the West End.
Helen Hobson played the role of Mrs. Lyons in 1989. In 2007, she played Mrs. Johnstone in the West End and one leg of the national tour.
Siobhan McCarthy has played the role of Mrs. Johnstone in the West End, in recent years and in the late 90s.
At 23, Rebecca Storm auditioned for Blood Brothers and although a little young to play ‘Mrs Johnstone' Willy Russell was so captivated by her voice, that he insisted wardrobe & make up went to work to' age’ the young actress. Whenever the show visits Ireland, Rebbecca Storm plays the role of Mrs Johnstone.
...there’s an inspirational performance, in both singing and acting terms, from the multi-talented Rebecca Storm
Marti is an award winning singer and has performed in many musicals such as 'Tell Me On A Sunday', 'Evita', 'Oliver' and 'Godspell'. She toured in Blood Brothers for a short time frm September, 2008 to the end of the 2008 tour. She got mixed reviews, but was seen by many fans as their favourite Mrs. Johnstone. Bill Kenwright had wanted her to play the part for many years.
Having came fourth in 2007's The X Factor, Bill Kenwright was searching for Niki for a while, as he thought that she would make a brilliant Mrs. Johnstone. She has an excellent voice, and her acting and Liverpudlian accent is really good as well, considering this is her first West End acting job. Having done a couple of weeks in the West End, she then transferre to do the Birminagham leg of the tour for 2 weeks, to thank all of her fans and to play her home town. On November 3rd, 2008, she officially started her 6 month run in the West End. She finished on 28th, March, 2009, for a about a month and then continued playing the coveted role until around the end of September. She then continued to play Mrs. Johnstone in the West End and subsequently on the UK no. 1 tour.
Former Spice Girl started at The Phoenix Theatre, in London's West End, on 26th October, 2009. After finishing in April, 2010, she did two weeks in Liverpool in November of that year received huge critical acclaim including a 2010 Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress in a musical.