Cilla The Musical: Review

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It’s been just over two years since Liverpuddlian songstress, Cilla Black died, but Cilla The Musical is keeping her memory alive.

The musical tells the story of how Cilla went from Cilla White, an office typist, living above a hairdressers in Liverpool, to Cilla Black, a 60’s singing sensation, managed by Brian Epstein.

Actress, Kara Lily Hayworth does her proud, belting out hits, including, ‘Alfie’ and some covers Cilla performed over the course of her career, such as ‘Dancing in the Streets’.

There are also hits from The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Mamas and The Papas.

The musical not only features the story of Cilla’s career, but also her personal life. The love story between Cilla and Bobby Willis is portrayed beautifully, as well as the times she shared with her troubled manager, Brian.

Both Bobby (Bill Au) and Brian (Andrew Lancel), add emotion in to the musical and show just how special Cilla was to the British public.

Comedy is mixed in with the drama, mostly coming from Cilla’s dad, John White (Paul Broughton).

The ever-changing set is beautifully done, making you really believe the cast are performing in the iconic Cavern Club, or sitting in a living room on a terraced street.

Attention to detail is something that everyone involved should be proud of – Paul McCartney (Joshua Gannon) even had a left handed guitar!

The whole cast really did Cilla proud. They captured the audience, created an amazing atmosphere and their singing was mesmerising – just like Cilla herself.

The smash hit show is currently touring the UK, keeping Cilla’s memory alive wherever they go. Catch it at the Regent Theatre until Saturday, 18 November 2017.

Tickets are available from the ATG website.

 

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