It's no way to treat a baby, but Helen Reddy will play the working-class mother who gives up one of her newborn twin boys in the musical "Blood Brothers" on Broadway.

Reddy joins the cast Jan. 17, publicist Philip Rinaldi said Wednesday. She will replace Carole King in the role of Mrs. Johnstone, who gives one of her twin boys to her employer. The boys become friends as children. They later fall in love with the same girl and eventually clash.*****


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Singer-musician Bo Diddley 66

Actor Jack Lord 64

Actor John Hillerman 62

Actress-singer Tracey Ullman 35