Cilla: The Musical headed for The Liverpool Empire

Posted on 24 February 2017
By Chris High
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Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield present the new musical about the life and legend of Cilla Black, which will open in her hometown at the Liverpool Empire from Thursday 7th – 16th September before embarking on a nationwide tour. Cilla’s son, Robert Willis, will be the Executive Producer.

Cilla – The Musical, is a 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).

The story follows the extraordinary life of the ordinary teenage girl from Liverpool, Priscilla White, and her rocky, yet incredible, rise to fame. By the age of just 25 she was recognized as international singing star Cilla Black. By the age of 30 she had become Britain’s favourite television entertainer headlining series’ of Blind Date, Surprise Surprise and many more.

The musical score will be the ultimate soundtrack to the 60’s including Cilla’s greatest hits
Anyone Who Had a Heart, Alfie and Something Tells Me, alongside a backdrop of the legendary “Liverpool Sound” including the Beatles’ Twist and Shout, and American influences like California Dreamin by The Mamas and The Papas and many more.

The producers of Cilla The Musical will hold national open auditions in the hunt to discover their ‘Cilla’ in the same way the star herself was plucked from obscurity before becoming the iconic Liverpudlian songbird.

Performance Information
Cilla The Musical
Liverpool Empire Theatre
Thursday 7th – Saturday 16th September 2017

Evenings 7.30pm, Wed & Sat matinees 2.30pm
(no performances Sunday 10th September)

Tickets from £12 (£13 online)*
Liverpool Empire Box Office ¦ 0844 871 3017 ¦
*(Fees may apply to online/phone bookings. Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge)

On sale for Theatre Card members – Monday 27th February
General On Sale – Wednesday 1st March

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