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2016


During 2016 the news and entertainment media covered Lyn Paul's return to Blood Brothers, with glowing reviews wherever Lyn appeared. Elsewhere there was sad news for New Seekers' fans with the deaths of Tony Barrow, Bill Backer and ex-New Seeker Kevin Finn.

 Evening Telegraph (Peterborough), Saturday, 9th January 2016.


Blood Brothers: Beg, Steal or Borrow to see it

"Returning to the not-to-be missed piece... 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."

 Evening Telegraph (Peterborough), Tuesday, 12th January 2016.


70s star Lyn Paul returns as Blood Brothers opens in Peterborough

An interview with Lyn Paul in which she talked about returning to the familiar role of Mrs. Johnstone in Blood Brothers:

"You know what, strangely enough, I was lying in bed the other night going through the opening song and I reached one part, but for the life of me couldn't remember the rest of it, and I had to get up and go downstairs to get the script and go through it! At 4 o'clock in the morning, ridiculous!"

 Evening Telegraph (Peterborough), Wednesday, 13th January.


Review: Blood Brothers at Broadway Theatre, Peterborough
by Brad Barnes

"Lyn Paul found fame in the seventies when she wanted "to teach the world to sing".

Well she can teach them a thing or two about acting too after a memorable performance as Mrs. Johnstone in Willy Russell's Blood Brothers...

She... shoulders the burden of being labelled the "definitive" Mrs. J. very, very well."

 Daily Record, Saturday, 6th February 2016.


This week we recommend you...

"See Blood Brothers at the Edinburgh Playhouse from Monday. Lyn Paul plays Mrs. Johnstone in the Willy Russell play about twins separated at birth."

 Edinburgh Evening News, Tuesday, 9th February 2016.


Review: Blood Brothers *****
by Robert Read

"Paul, who is in excellent voice throughout, is no stranger to her iconic role and draws wisely on her experience to deliver a fine performance, complemented perfectly by Tappenden's nicely judged portrayal of the haunted Mrs. Lyons."

 The Herald, Tuesday, 9th February 2016.


Theatre review: Blood Brothers at Edinburgh Playhouse ****
by Neil Cooper

"Much of the show's appeal comes from the sheer heart of Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright's production... Most of all it shines through in Lyn Paul's heartbreaking turn as the twin boys' mother, Mrs. Johnstone."

 The Herald, Wednesday, 10th January 2016.


Lyn Paul's return to Edinburgh - 44 years on
by Neil Cooper

An excellent interview with Lyn Paul in which Lyn talked about coming to Edinburgh with the New Seekers for the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest.

"At that time, which was before Abba, having boys and girls in a band was quite a novelty, so we were getting all this attention. By the time we got to Edinburgh it was mad."

Talking about her unexpected return to Blood Brothers, Lyn said:

"I went back for the final dates in the West End in 2012, and thought that was it, but now here we are."

 Nottingham Post, Thursday, 11th February 2016, pages 10-11.


‘It’s changed my life’

An interview with Lyn Paul and Sean Jones.

Lyn talked about her affinity with the character she plays on stage: "Mrs. J. is just me... Sometimes when people write a script, you look at it and think ‘well, that’s not how I would say it’.But this is so perfectly written and so easy, it just flows, and I just feel that Mrs. J. is me, so it makes it very easy to play."

Sean Jones feels the same way about his character, Mickey: “It’s basically me but with a drug addiction and jail terms thrown in."

 Sunday Mail (Glasgow), Sunday, 14th February 2016, pages 54-55.


Blood Brothers
Playhouse, Edinburgh

by Barry Gordon

"You'll recognise parts of your own childhood, you'll want to give Mrs. J. (Lyn Paul) a cuddle and you'll learn not to put new shoes on the table.,,

The merchandise desk should sell handkerchiefs. Tears, you see, are unavoidable."

 The Independent, Tuesday, 16th February 2016, pages 46-47.


Birthdays - Obituaries

The Independent remembered Lyn's birthday!

 Nottingham Post, Tuesday, 16th February 2016, page 25.


Standing ovation tells it all

"Lyn Paul has been playing tragic heroine Mrs. Johnston for the best part of 20 years, yet there is nothing weary or blasé about her moving portrayal of the impoverished mum... "

 News Shopper, Monday, 22nd February 2016.


What's On: 11 reasons to go out in south London this week

And what better reason to go out than "Willy Russell’s evergreen, long-running musical about brothers separated at birth"? Especially "with Lyn Paul returning to the role of Mrs. Johnstone, which she played in the West End."

 Bicester Advertiser, Thursday, 25th February 2016.


Twins’ tale of division and heartache
by Sam McGregor

A news item announcing the arrival of Blood Brothers in Oxford.

"The show opens at the New Theatre next Tuesday, March 1, and runs until Saturday, March 5... Lyn Paul returns to the iconic role she has played many times."

 Swindon Advertiser, Wednesday, 2nd March.


Brothers yank on the heartstrings in emotional drama
by Michelle Tompkins

"Sean Jones has played the pivotal role of Mickey in every one of the performances I've seen and he only gets better...

The other key role - that of Mrs. Johnstone - is taken by former New Seeker Lyn Paul... and she has all the crucial elements it demands; a haunting singing voice and the ability to yank at the heartstrings with alarming frequency. Whether they were her genuine tears in the climactic closing scene matters not - they were convincing enough to have the rest of us reaching for the tissues (or, in my case, sobbing uncontrollably most of the way home)."

 Oxford Times, Thursday, 3rd March 2016.


Review: Blood Brothers @ New Theatre, Oxford
by Christopher Gray

Christopher Gray enjoyed "a sensational performance by Lyn Paul in Blood Brothers at the New Theatre" and gave the show a five-star rating.

"In principal role of Mrs. Johnstone, the former New Seeker Lyn Paul supplies a master class in technique, with a performance of huge emotional heft that never once goes over the top. She brilliantly conveys the heartbreak of an abandoned house-cleaner wife, saddled with a full Roman Catholic houseful of kids... "


Top. Up. Down. Bottom.

 Southern Daily Echo, Sunday, 6th March 2016.


Well-known Southampton singer dies

A news item remembering Kevin Finn, a day ahead of his funeral at St. Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth.

"He became a member of the chart-topping group the New Seekers in 1976 and married the legendary lead singer Eve Graham." Eve was quoted: "Anyone who can’t be with us please think of Kevin on that day."

 Yorkshire Post, Monday, 7th March 2016.


Yorkshire calendar: Upcoming event

Advance notice that Blood Brothers was on its way to Leeds: "Willy Russell's Blood Brothers returns to Yorkshire. Former New Seeker Lyn Paul plays Mrs. Johnstone..."

 The Scotsman, Thursday, 10th March 2016.


Obituary: Kevin Finn, musician, singer and theme park designer
by Alison Shaw

"Along with Scots singer Eve Graham, who became his wife, he helped to make up the New Seekers whose soundtrack to a Coca-Cola advert had earlier become a global phenomenon."

 Western Morning News, Thursday, 17th March 2016.


Tragic tale of two brothers is back in region

News that Blood Brothers was on its way to Devon: "The famous role of Mrs. Johnstone will be played by singer Lyn Paul, of New Seekers fame, when it heads to the Princess Theatre, Torquay, from March 22-26."

 Keighley News, Friday, 18th March 2016.


Blood Brothers returns to Leeds with Lyn Paul's "definitive" Mrs. Johnstone

News that Blood Brothers was soon to arrive at the Grand Theatre, Leeds: "Lyn Paul, who can be seen at the theatre from March 29 to April 3, has played the role many times in the West End. She was the show’s final Mrs. Johnstone when it closed at the Phoenix Theatre in 2012."

 Barry and District News, Sunday, 20th March 2016.


Relive the legendary career of Elvis Presley in The Elvis Years
by Rebecca Lord

If you wondered what had happened to the New Seekers' record producer David Mackay, the Barry and District News had the answer:

"THE King is back and now you can relive his legendary career with The Elvis Years... Directed by top record producer David Mackay (Dusty Springfield, Cliff Richard, Bonnie Tyler, New Seekers), the lead role is perfectly portrayed by Mario Kombou (from West End production Jailhouse Rock), who has received the royal seal of approval from Elvis Presley Enterprises."

The same news item appeared in the Penarth Times on 23rd March.

 Keighley News, Wednesday, 30th March 2016.


Blood Brothers: best musical of all time back in Leeds
by David Knights

As the Blood Brothers tour entered its final weeks, Lyn Paul continued to get great reviews.

"This must be the first time in years I’ve seen Blood Brothers without a Nolan sister in the lead role of Mrs. Johnstone.

But the leading lady we did get was someone special indeed, Lyn Paul, the former New Seekers singer who over the past 18 years has wowed the West End in the role and become the definitive Mrs. Johnstone.

And yes, she was very good indeed... "

 Yorkshire Post, Thursday, 31st March 2016.


Review: Blood Brothers
by Liz Coggins

Another great review of Blood Brothers at the Grand Theatre, Leeds.

"Lyn Paul's Mrs. Johnson drives the show, handling comedic and sad moments with a gritty passion."

 Lancashire Telegraph, Thursday, 31st March 2016.


'Blood Brothers is an absolute one-off. I'm so lucky to be part of it' says Lyn Paul
by John Anson

An interview with Lyn Paul published the week before Blood Brothers arrived at the Blackpool Opera House.

"Whatever I do, I have to give it my best and it's like anything else in life, you have to work hard at it to be successful."

 The Gazette (Blackpool), Friday, 1st April 2016.


She's a Seeker after Blood Brothers truth

An article examining the enduring appeal of Willy Russell's Blood Brothers. Lyn Paul is quoted as saying: "The way Willy's written it is so easy to get over to an audience as it's actually written as you would speak... It just flows."

 The Westmorland Gazette, Sunday, 3rd April 2016.


Hit musical runs in the blood of former New Seeker Lyn Paul
by Adrian Mullen

An interview with Lyn Paul, in which she talked about being asked to return to Blood Brothers by Bill Kenwright. "For the current tour he just rang and asked me if I'd do it. Bill gave me my first chance to appear in a musical and I would never turn him down."

 Wharfedale Observer (Ilkley), Sunday, 3rd April 2016.


Blood Brothers
returns to Leeds with Lyn Paul's "definitive" Mrs. Johnstone
by David Knights

A short article about the return of Blood Brothers to the Grand Theatre in Leeds.

 Liverpool Echo, Saturday, 9th April 2016, pages 14-15.


It's time to do the Time Warp again!

A preview of the shows coming to Liverpool, among them The Rocky Horror Show, Sister Act and Blood Brothers (19th September - 1st October):

"There's no word on casting yet, but previous Mrs. Johnstones have included Barbara Dickson (who played the role in the Liverpool Playhouse original), most of the Nolan sisters, Lyn Paul, Kiki Dee, Carole King, and even Spice Girl Melanie C."

 Edinburgh Evening News, Wednesday, 20th April 2016.


Eurovision - A parody I love
by Liam Rudden

Liam Rudden wrote a riposte to Eurovision producer Christer Björkman, who had reportedly criticised the late Terry Wogan for making a mockery of the Eurovision Song Contest. The article highlighted some of Eurovision's finer moments and recalled the year when the contest came to Edinburgh:

"Edinburgh too has played its part in the Eurovision story. When 1971 winners Monaco were unable to host the following year's contest, The Usher Hall filled the void - the New Seekers singing Beg, Steal Or Borrow represented the UK."

 Sunday Telegraph, Sunday, 16th May 2016, page 12.


PR man who dubbed Beatles the 'Fab Four' dies aged 80

Lyn Paul was mentioned in the Sunday Telegraph obituary for Tony Barrow, The Beatles' former press officer, who coined the term the "Fab Four".

"He went on to set up a PR company, representing Wings and managing Lyn Paul, of the New Seekers, and Helen Shapiro, before retiring in 1980."

 Financial Times, Friday, 21st May 2016, page 11.


Ad man whose work wafted into consumer consciousness
by Lindsay Whipp

An obituary for former McCann Erickson advertising executive Bill Backer, which recalled his involvement with Coca-Cola's famous 'hilltop' commercial "I'd like to buy the world a Coke".

"Backer, a jazz lover, worked on the ad with songwriter Billy Davis, McCann's music director. As recorded by the New Seekers with Coke references removed, the tune became a hit and the message subliminal."


Top. Up. Down. Bottom.

 Runcorn and Widnes World, Tuesday, 19th July 2016.


Blood Brothers returns to Liverpool
by Barbara Jordan

The news broke that Blood Brothers would be returning to the Liverpool Empire in September and that Lyn Paul would be leading the cast.

"Singer Lyn Paul returns to the iconic role as Mrs. Johnstone which she first played in 1997."

 Liverpool Echo, Thursday, 21st July 2016, page 5.


Autumn theatre line-up that has something for everyone
by Catherine Jones

"Lyn Paul returns to the Empire as Mrs. Johnstone... Tell Me It's Not True? It most certainly is."

 Liverpool Echo, Friday, 2nd September 2016, page 15.


September a month for true theatrical treats
by Catherine Jones

A reminder that Lyn Paul would be returning to Liverpool in Blood Brothers: "Lyn Paul is reprising her performance as Mrs. Johnstone in Willy Russell's tragic tale of nature versus nurture."

 Hereford Times, Thursday, 8th September 2016.


Romance and tragedy in classic musical
by Philippa May

A news item announcing the arrival of Blood Brothers in Malvern.

"No stranger to Blood Brothers, ‘The definitive Mrs. Johnstone’ (Manchester Evening News) Lyn Paul returns to the iconic role, one she first played in 1997."

 Bromsgrove Advertiser, Saturday, 10th September 2016.


Popular 'Brothers' welcome return
by Alan Wallcroft

The What's On section of the Bromsgrove Advertiser reported the welcome return of "one of the most enduring musicals ever to appear on stage - Blood Brothers... Lyn Paul - described in one newspaper as 'the definitive Mrs. Johnstone' - returns to the iconic role."

 Hereford Times, Tuesday, 14th September 2016.


Emotionally charged and utterly addictive theatre
by Philippa May

"This is a show that never loses its power to move its audience... The brilliant ensemble cast, led by Lyn Paul returning as Mrs. Johnstone, a role she's made her own, with Sean Jones once again playing Mickey as if born to the part, made the magic happen yet again."

 Kidderminster Shuttle, Tuesday, 14th September 2016.


Birmingham theatre announces all-star line-up for new season

Among the "highlights" coming to the Birmingham Hippodrome: "the return of Bill Kenwright’s production of Blood Brothers starring Lyn Paul as Mrs. Johnstone."

 Bromsgrove Advertiser, Wednesday, 15th September 2016.


Blood Brothers is still capturing hearts
by Alan Wallcroft

"Lyn Paul, of New Seekers fame, has returned to the role of Mrs. Johnstone... Like fine wine, she has matured well and her voice packs plenty of power as it crackled at times with raw emotion."

 Liverpool Echo, Wednesday, 15th September 2016, Features, page 4.


So you think you are a Blood Brothers fan? Then try our quiz!
by Catherine Jones

Ahead of Blood Brothers' return to Liverpool, Catherine Jones put together some questions to test fans' knowledge.

1. Which actress was the first to play Mrs. Johnstone? Lyn Paul / Kiki Dee / Barbara Dickson

 Liverpool Echo, Monday, 19th September 2016, Features, page 13.


THEATRE

"Liverpool's legendary show Blood Brothers returns to the Empire... Lyn Paul reprises her role as Mrs. Johnson in this Willy Russell classic. Don't miss it."

 Wirral Globe, Wednesday, 21st September 2016.


Hot off the Stage: Willy Russell's Blood Brothers at the Liverpool Empire
by Peter Grant

"In this current touring production Lyn Paul again shows what a great voice and stage presence she has. Her very real tear-stained finale on Tell Me It's Not True was moving...

Globe rating: Five stars"

 Liverpool Echo, Thursday, 22nd September 2016, page 16.


REVIEW: MUSICAL Blood Brothers
by Susan Lee

"Lyn Paul has, in the past, been voted the definitive Mrs. Johnstone and it's easy to see why. She brings enormous dignity and sympathy to her character as we watch her give away one of her babies and witness the fall-out from the decision. It's an emotional rollercoaster and must be exhausting to play, but she nails it in every scene."

 Liverpool Echo, Sunday, 25th September 2016, pages 4-5.


Return of the Brothers ...

A reminder in the Echo's weekly entertainment guide...

"Willy Russell's legendary Blood Brothers returns to the Liverpool Empire stage this week... Lyn Paul returns to the iconic role of Mrs. Johnstone."

 Kidderminster Shuttle, Wednesday, 28th September 2016.


International triumph Blood Brothers returns to Birmingham Hippodrome
by Dayna Farrington

"No stranger to Blood Brothers, Lyn Paul returns to the iconic role of Mrs. Johnstone... "

 Stourbridge News, Friday, 30th September 2016.


Smash hit musical Blood Brothers returns to the Midlands
by Dan Sharp

A reminder that Blood Brothers was about to make a two-week return to the Midlands.

"For the Hippodrome’s production, Lyn Paul returns to the iconic role of Mrs. Johnstone... Lyn played the character in the final West End performances at the Phoenix Theatre in 2012, and has also starred in the UK tour of Cabaret in 2013 as Fraulein Schneider, in Boy George’s musical Taboo and in Footloose - The Musical."

 Dorset Echo, Tuesday, 4th October 2016.


New Seekers star Lyn Paul heading to Weymouth for theatre's second West End show of the year
by Joanna Davis

"Blood Brothers, which stops in Weymouth from November 1 to 5 as part of its UK tour, stars Lyn Paul as Mrs. Johnstone... 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."

 Birmingham Mail, Thursday, 6th October 2016, pages 2-3.


Blood Brothers courses through singer's veins

An interview with Lyn Paul in which she explained what it was like returning to the role of Mrs. Johnstone: "Oh my goodness, it's two and a half years since I last did it, so yes, it is like greeting an old friend, absolutely - but terrifying at the same time! ... I was lying in bed the other night going through the opening song and I reached one part, but for the life of me couldn't remember the rest of it, and I had to get up and go downstairs to get the script and go through it! At 4 o'clock in the morning, ridiculous!"

 Birmingham Mail, Tuesday, 11th October 2016, page 2.


48 hours

The Theatre listings reminded readers that Blood Brothers was in town:

"Blood Brothers Written by Willy Russell, the legendary musical tells the moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences. Starring Lyn Paul, who rose to fame as a member of the pop group New Seekers."

 Birmingham Mail, Thursday, 13th October 2016, page 16.


Musical role has pop-ular appeal - Blood Brothers is making its tenth visit to the Birmingham Hippodrome. Roz Laws presents 10 fascinating facts
by Roz Laws

10 fascinating 'facts' - but not all of them factually correct. Take 'fact' number 2 for example: wrong by a margin of 10 years!

"Lyn Paul is starring in Blood Brothers this week in Birmingham, but she first took on the iconic role of Mrs. Johnstone in 2007." Not in 2007 she didn't!

 Birmingham Mail, Monday, 17th October 2016, page 2.


48 hours

Another reminder that Blood Brothers was in town:

"Blood Brothers... returning to the Hippodrome for the tenth time in 20 years. Lyn Paul stars as Mrs. Johnstone, the mother of twins forced to make a terrible decision in Willy Russell's funny and heartbreaking show."

 Dorset Echo, Friday, 28th October 2016.


Lyn Paul on returning to Blood Brothers, which comes to Weymouth on Tuesday
by Joanna Davis

A repeat of an interview with Lyn Paul in which she talked about Blood Brothers and about talked about getting recognised in public:

"I went into Starbucks in London when I was doing the [last] two weeks of 'Blood Brothers' for Bill, and somebody said, “I saw you last night on stage”, which I suppose is an obvious one as they’d only seen me the night before! (laughs)

But the other time I was in Staines and I went into Sainsbury’s and I asked the lady behind the till for some stamps, and she said “Are you a singer?” and I said yes and just stood there because that’s the first time that had happened for ages!"


 Dorset Echo, Wednesday, 2nd November 2016.


REVIEW - This musical tear-jerker is as good as it gets at Weymouth Pavilion
by Marion Cox

"Leading the cast is Lyn Paul, voted the show’s favourite in the role of the mother of the twins who are separated at birth... Lyn’s voice is as powerful and rich as ever, reducing the audience to an emotional heap of tears in her moving portrayal as the tragic guilt ridden mother."

 York Press, Thursday, 3rd November 2016.


Playing Mrs. Johnstone is in the blood for New Seekers singer Lyn Paul
by Charles Hutchinson

An interview with Lyn Paul in which she talked about playing the role of Mrs. Johnstone.

"The role hasn't changed over the years. The producers are sticklers for keeping it as it is and I think that's a good thing... the show has always worked so well for so long, why change it?"


 York Press, Wednesday, 9th November 2016.


Review: Blood Brothers, Grand Opera House, York
by Maxine Gordon

"Lyn Paul (ex New Seekers) is convincing as Mrs. Johnstone, the frayed single mother worrying how she will cope at the imminent arrival of twins... A packed crowd were on their feet by the end, forcing the cast to take four encores."

 Manchester Evening News, Friday, 11th November 2016, page 10.


theatreNOTES

The Manchester Evening News listings included the touring production of Blood Brothers, which was about to arrive at The Lowry, 15th-19th November.

"Lyn Paul reprises her role as the iconic Mrs. Johnstone, a part she first played in 1997."

 Manchester Evening News, Monday, 14th November 2016, page 4.


48 hours inthecity

A reminder from the Manchester Evening News that Lyn Paul would be reprising the role of Mrs. Johnstone in Blood Brothers at The Lowry.

 The Argus, Tuesday, 29th November 2016.


Blood Brothers, Theatre Royal Brighton *****
by Gareth Davies

"Lyn Paul as Mrs. Johnstone is the pick of a talented cast leaving a lasting feeling of compassion towards the character and her strife, many mirroring the tears she sheds. It was rightly given a lengthy standing ovation, and if the standards can be maintained it should get one every time they tread the boards."

 Daily Mirror, Friday, 23rd December 2016, pages 12-13.


People would call out 'didn't you used to be Stewpot?' He'd say 'I still am!'
by Peter Robertson

An article about DJ Ed Stewart which recalled the days when "he fronted once unmissable TV shows like Top Of The Pops and dated famous beauties such as actress Ingrid Pitt and New Seekers' singer Eve Graham."

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