Casting is now complete for ‘CILLA – The Musical’ which makes its World Premiere September 7–16 at the Liverpool Empire Theatre.
The cast is led by Kara Lily Hayworth who beat thousands of hopefuls in nationwide open auditions for the title role. Joining her will be Andrew Lancel (Brian Epstein); Carl Au (Bobby); 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 Streetand 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.
The musical is produced by Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield, alongside Executive Producer Robert Willis (Cilla’s Eldest Son).
‘CILLA – The Musical’ is the spectacular and heart-warming musical adaptation of the critically acclaimed hit ITV television series by Bafta-Award winner Jeff Pope (The Moorside, Philomena, From The CradleTo The Grave, Mrs Biggs and the acclaimed Little Boy Blue which had ITV audiences glued to their screens). It 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 fore-front ofthe Brit-Pop music scene. The musical score is the ultimate soundtrack to the 60’s including Cilla’s greatest hits Anyone Who Had a Heart, Alfie and Something Tells Me, Twist and Shout by the Beatles, California Dreamin by The Mamas and The Papas’ and many more.
UK TOUR DATES:
- 7 – 16 Sep: LIVERPOOL EMPIRE THEATRE
(Book Tickets: http://tidd.ly/da338cf5)
- 19 – 23 Sep: EDINBURGH PLAYHOUSE
(Book Tickets: http://tidd.ly/58b80ff1)
- 26 – 30 Sep: MILTON KEYNES THEATRE
(Book Tickets: http://tidd.ly/5acfe5e1)
- 03 – 07 Oct: MAYFLOWER SOUTHAMPTON
(Book Tickets: https://www.mayflower.org.uk/Whats_On/Cilla2017)
- 10 – 14 Oct: NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE BIRIMGHAM
(Book Tickets: http://tidd.ly/dcc9ecde)
- 17 – 21 Oct: BLACKPOOL OPERA HOUSE
(Book Tickets: http://www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk/events/cilla-the-musical/)
- 31 – 4 Nov: CARDIFF NEW THEATRE
(Book Tickets: http://newtheatrecardiff.co.uk/what’s-on/cilla-the-musical/)
- 07 – 11 Nov: NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE
(Book Tickets: http://tidd.ly/c6a27f2d)
- 14 – 18 Nov: STOKE REGENT THEATRE
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- 21 – 25 Nov: MANCHESTER PALACE THEATRE
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- 28 Nov – 2 Dec: BRADFORD ALHAMBRA THEATRE
(Venue Info: http://www.bradford-theatres.co.uk)
- 16 – 20 Jan: DARTFORD ORCHARD THEATRE
(Venue Info: https://orchardtheatre.co.uk/Online/tickets-cilla-dartford-2017)
- 23 – 27 Jan: YORK GRAND OPERA HOUSE
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- 30 Jan – 3 Feb: GLASGOW KINGS THEATRE
(Book Tickets: http://tidd.ly/43065701)
- 6 – 10 Feb: DUBLIN BORD GAIS ENERGY THEATRE
(Venue Info: http://bordgaisenergytheatre.ie/index.php/artist/cilla-the-musical)
- 13 – 17 Feb: OXFORD NEW THEATRE
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- 20 – 24 Feb: NORTHAMPTON ROYAL & DERNGATE
(Venue Info: https://www.royalandderngate.co.uk/whats-on/cilla-the-musical/)
- 27 Feb – 3 Mar: NEWCASTLE THEATRE ROYAL
(Venue Info: https://www.theatreroyal.co.uk/whats-on/cilla)
- 5 – 10 Mar: CHESTER STORYHOUSE
(Venue Info: https://www.storyhouse.com/event/cilla-the-musical)
- 13 – 17 Mar: BRISTOL HIPPODROME
(Book Tickets: http://tidd.ly/ee880899)
- 20 – 24 Mar: WOKING NEW VICTORIA THEATRE
(Book Tickets: http://tidd.ly/198c046e)