Cilla the Musical is on its way to Manchester’s Palace Theatre this month.
The show is the spectacular and heart-warming musical adaptation of the critically acclaimed ITV mini-series based on the early life of Cilla Black, by BAFTA award winner Jeff Pope (The Moorside, Philomena, From The Cradle To The Grave, Mrs Biggs).
Kara Lily Hayworth was chosen from thousands of hopefuls who auditioned to play the title role.
Andrew Lancel (Brian Epstein) and Carl Au (Bobby Willis) are also among the cast of Bill Kenwright’s new show. It also stars Amy Bridges (Rose Willis); Gemma Brodrick-Bower (Pauline); Paul Broughton (John White); Bill Caple (Ringo Starr); Tom Christian (Kenny Willis); Tom Dunlea (Hutch); Pauline Fleming (Big Cilla); Joshua Gannon (Paul McCartney); Billie Hardy (Pat) and Michael Hawkins (John Lennon).
The musical reunites Tom Dunlea, Michael Hawkins and Gemma Brodrick-Bower, all of whom starred in Jeff Pope’s original ITV mini-series Cilla, on which the musical is based. It also reunites Andrew Lancel with the role of Epstein, which he played on stage to great critical acclaim in Epstein – The Man Who Made The Beatles. Andrew is best known to TV audiences as super-villain Frank Foster in Coronation Street and as DI Neil Manson in the long-running ITV television series The Bill.
The legendary Merseybeat sound is authentically performed live on stage by the cast who are completed by Alan Howell, Jay Osbourne, Alex Harford, Will Kinnon, Jenny Murphy, Tom Sowinski and Christopher Weeks.
Cilla – The Musical tells the extraordinary story of the ordinary girl from Liverpool whose teenage dreams of stardom lead her to becoming one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers of all time.
It’s an introduction by a young John Lennon to music mogul Brian Epstein that changes Priscilla White’s life forever. By the age of just 25 she would be known as singer and TV Star Cilla Black, Number One selling artist and at the forefront of the Brit-Pop music scene.
The musical score is the ultimate soundtrack to the 60s including Cilla’s greatest hits Anyone Who Had a Heart, Alfie, You’re My World and Something Tells Me, Twist and Shout by the Beatles, California Dreamin’ by The Mamas and The Papas, and many more.
Cilla – The Musical is produced by Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield, alongside Executive Producer Robert Willis
CILLA – THE MUSICAL
WRITTEN BY JEFF POPE
DIRECTED BY BILL KENWRIGHT & BOB TOMSON
CILLA THE MUSICAL
Palace Theatre, Manchester
97 Oxford Street
Tuesday 21 – Saturday 25 November 2017
Performances: Tues – Sat at 7.30pm | Weds, Thurs & Sat Matinee at 2.30pm
Tickets: From £17.90
Box Office: 0844 871 3019* www.atgtickets.com/manchester *
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