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The rise of a star in Cilla - The Musical

PUBLISHED: 14:00 28 January 2018

Kara Lily Hayworth as Cilla. Photo take by Matt Martin.

Kara Lily Hayworth as Cilla. Photo take by Matt Martin.

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A heart-warming musical featuring the rise of singer and TV star Cilla Black will wow theatre-goers at the Bristol Hippodrome.

Cilla – The Musical stars Kara Lily Hayworth, who saw off competition from thousands of other hopefuls in nationwide auditions for the coveted role.

The musical is an adaptation of the critically-acclaimed hit ITV series created by Bafta Award-winner Jeff Pope.

It tells the extraordinary story of a Liverpool girl whose teenage dreams of stardom lead to her becoming one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers.

Priscilla White’s life is changed forever when a young John Lennon introduces her to music mogul Brian Epstein.

By the age of 25 she was known as singer and TV star Cilla Black – a number one-selling artist at the forefront of the Brit-pop music scene.

The musical score is the ultimate soundtrack to the 1960s and includes 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 plenty more besides.

Bill Kenwright’s new musical features Andrew Lancel (Brian Epstein), Carl Au (Bobby), Amy Bridges (Rose Willis), Gemma Brodrick-Bower (Pauline), Bill 
Caple (Ringo Starr), Tom Christian (Kenny Willis), Tom Dunlea (Hutch), Pauline Fleming (Big Cilla), Joshua Gannon (Paul McCartney), Billie Hardy (Pat), Michael Hawkins (John Lennon) and Neil MacDonald (John White).

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 music entrepreneuer Brian Epstein, which he played on stage to great critical acclaim in Epstein – The Man Who Made The Beatles.

Andrew is best known as super-villain Frank Foster in Coronation Street and as DI Neil Manson in ITV’s show The Bill.

Cilla – The Musical is showing at the Bristol Hippodrome from March 13-17 at 7.30pm. There are also matinee performances at 2.30pm on the March 14, 15 and 17.

Prices start at £17.90 and tickets can be booked by logging on to www.atgtickets.com/bristol or by calling 08448 713012.

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