Strictly limited to just 1000 individually numbered copies, the first 500 signed by Barbara!
In 1974, folk singer Barbara Dickson's life and career were transformed when
she was offered the leading role of 'The Singer ' in Willy Russell's award-winning
Beatles' musical, 'John Paul George Ringo & Bert'.
Opening in Liverpool the show broke box office records and transferred to London's West End
where it ran for a year, earning Barbara glowing reviews and setting her on the road to fame as a recording artist.
When Willy Russell, fresh from his success with 'Shirley Valentine', was looking for a singer who could act for his new musical
'Blood Brothers' in 1982, he turned to Barbara. Never having previously acted before, Barbara had to be persuaded to accept the role
but it turned out to be a pivotal moment in her career.
The critics raved about her performance as Mrs. Johnstone, the downtrodden Liverpool housewife
forced to give away one of her new-born twins, and the role went on to win her the Society of West End Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
'Blood Brothers' went on to become one of the the most successful British musicals of all-time and, as the original Mrs. Johnstone,
Barbara's was the performance that each successive actress who took the role was measured against.
Turning down the offer of other work which she felt was not up to the standard of 'Blood Brothers', it was to be some years before Barbara was tempted
back to the stage. In 1997 she collaborated with the director of 'Blood Brothers,' Chris Bond, to create a one woman show for the theatre, 'The 7 Ages of Woman'.
Described as "A Journey from the Cradle to the Grave" from a female perspective the show toured the UK to rave reviews. Liverpool's Daily Post was typical of many:
"By the final curtain there were people on their feet, cheers and whistles and thunderous applause. It was a triumphant evening".
In 1999, Barbara was tempted back to the stage to play 60's pools winner Viv Nicholson in the Steve Brown and Justin Greene musical "Spend Spend Spend".
"It is the most glorious new musical I can recall" Barbara Dickson is magnificent," wrote the Financial Times, echoing the sentiments of many.
The show was to earn her both the 2000 Olivier Award and the Variety Club Award for Best Actress in a Musical.
Now, for the first time ever, all of Barbara's major theatre recordings are released together in a special limited edition CD set.
'Barbara Dickson' More Brecht than Broadway: The Complete Theatre Recordings, 1974 - 2000'
features the original cast recordings of all four of the above productions ('John Paul George Ringo & Bert' appearing on CD for the first time ever),
beautifully presented in a large format box set with a lavish booklet containing photos and excerpts from the shows' original theatre programmes.
Featuring a special introduction by Barbara, each CD also contains extensive liner notes on all four productions.
'Barbara Dickson' More Brecht than Broadway' is strictly limited to just 1000 individually numbered copies, the first 500 signed by Barbara.
It is sure to become a real collector's item, both for fans of Musical Theatre as well as followers of Barbara's long and successful career
as one of the UK's best-loved female vocalists.