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Love it or loathe it, Blood Brothers is one of world's most successful stage shows. No wonder its star BERNIE NOLAN greets every night.

Words: Nicky Agate

Fans of Willy Russell reJOice, for Blood Brothers ’the greatest musical of the decade', is returning to Glasgow for its tenth anniversary year. What's more, the lead role Will be played by Bernie Nolan, erstwhile lead chanteuse With legendary 70s pop sensations The Nolan Sisters.

For those unfamiliar With the Blood Brothers story, l the show follows a young mother of seven who is deserted by her husband when he discovers that she’s pregnant again. Alone and destitute, she chances upon a JOb cleaning for a wealthy childless couple, but soon discovers that she is carrying twins an unaffordable luxury. However, luck waves her magic wand in that musical way, and the wealthy employer Offers to bring up one of the boys. As the show unfolds, we see the tWins grow up and meet, cementing their friendship With blood.

ObViously, all cannot be flowers and kisses, and soon the social diVide makes itself felt. Russell, in true Russell tradition, is then free to champion the unfal- tering goodness of the working classes.

Blood Brothers has been a tremendous success on t V both Sides of the Atlantic, as longtime star 3nd afi- Keeping it in the family: Bernie Nolan in Blood Brothers cionado of the show, Bernie Nolan, Will testify: 'Every audience I've ever performed for has given us a standing Ovation,' she says. 'lt's ama2ing people's faces, their incredu-

Nolan With over twenty gold, Silver and platinum Broadway run, a fantastically well-received coast to discs to her name —would choose this route, coast tour and was nominated for seven Tony We always loved the show,’ Awards, the theatrical equivalent of Oscars.

l I - n he ex lains. 'Ever Since I was a Even With the 0 li t t i bi stars and criti al ' lousness, their raVing 5 D p DU 5 op C, 9 C T To be honest, If they I tOId S'sters' ' I ever kid. I remember seeing it for the accolades, one might question the extent of Blood (mm stand up mm do a mus|cal' that s the first time, With all the original Brothers' success. Nolan thinks she can explain: 'lt’s a m mgrmkm} ,, cast, including Barbara Dickson story that everyone can relate to somehow,’ she Bernadette first one. When the chance in my role. I turned round to my enthuses. 'lt’s hilari0usly funny, but at the same time

appeared In her role as - I Sisters and said, "If I ever do a it makes you cry, no matter how many times you've Mrs Johnson, mother came up I grabbed 't' musical, that's the one." That's seen it. I went to the tenth anniversary show and

i Of the twms (and Bernie Nolan the honest truth, and when the bawled my eyes out.’ Blood Brothers with a Nolan sis-

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