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Music icon Marti Pellow to star at the Sunderland Empire in the 'musical for all time'

Approved by ATG's PR & Communications Officer, David Bradbury

Marti Pellow, one of Britain’s great music icons, is to join the UK tour of Willy Russell’s smash hit musical Blood Brothers for two weeks only! Marti Pellow will play the role of the Narrator, alongside Maureen Nolan as Mrs Johnstone, exclusively at the Sunderland Empire from Tuesday 31 January until Saturday 11 February.

Brit and Ivor Novello Award winning singer songwriter Marti Pellow joins the touring cast of Blood Brothers direct from the West End production. Most recently he toured the UK for eight months playing the title roles in the hit musical Jekyll and Hyde. Having worked closely with some of the world’s most important musical composers such as Sir Tim Rice and Leslie Bricusse, Marti has built a highly successful theatre career starring in the West End, on Broadway and on National Tour in the smash-hit musicals Chicago and The Witches of Eastwick, and co-starring with Josh Groban in the TV and film special Chess in Concert. He also starred alongside Russell Brand, Morwenna Banks and Miranda Hart in the TV show The Abbey and was also very proud to have worked with Gil Cates at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Marti first came to the attention of the British public as the lead singer of Wet Wet Wet, one of the most successful and highly acclaimed bands in British pop history. As both a solo artist and with Wet Wet Wet, Marti has had consistent chart-topping multi-platinum albums, with over 25 chart hits and three of the UK’s biggest number one singles, including Love is All Around which continues to be one of the top five highest selling singles and most played songs of all time in the UK. Marti’s latest solo album Love to Love, recorded for his own label, has become one of the biggest selling independent records of 2011.

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, Blood Brothers is simply unmissable and unbeatable. This epic tale of Liverpool life has been running in London’s West End, since July 1988 and touring the UK since 1995.

Blood Brothers 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. The memorable score includes A Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True.

Blood Brothers is directed by Bob Tomson and Bill Kenwright with designs by Andy Walmsley. Mark Howett is the lighting designer; Ben Harrison is the sound designer. Rod Edwards is the musical supervisor and Kelvin Towse is the production musical director.

Blood Brothers is at the Sunderland Empire from Tuesday 31 January – Saturday 11 February.