Cilla The Musical is the new musical adaptation of the critically acclaimed hit ITV television series by Bafta Award winner, Jeff Pope. The show tells the extraordinary story of the teenage girl from Liverpool whose teenage dreams of stardom lead to her becoming one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers of all time. 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. This fantastic jukebox musical returned to Manchester to wow the audiences at The Lowry's Lyric Theatre.
Kara Lily Hayworth played the role of Cilla. Hayworth was fabulous as Cilla Black, to be honest she was Cilla on that stage. Hayworth had all of Cilla's mannerism, accent (which was excellent) , looks and definitely the vocals. I was speechless after Hayworth performed Cilla's Number 1 song "Anyone Who Had a Heart" as Hayworth showed off her huge vocal range and her very lovely voice tone. The amount passion Hayworth put into the character she played was very clear as it was a spot on performance.
Cilla Black (Kara Lily Hayworth) (Image: Matt Martin)
Andrew Lancel played the role of Brian Epstein. Lancel presented the character of Brain very well and took us on a journey through Brian's life showing us how hard it can be being a manager of famous artists. Lancel's acting was perfect and very believable and he also presented his great singing skills.
Alexander Patmore played the role of Bobby Willis. Patmore has a very nice singing voice and is a very good actor. Patmore went through every emotion well and performed the character of Bobby fantastically.
Michael Hawkins (John Lennon), Joe Etherington (Paul McCartney), Alex Harford (George Harrison) and Bill Caple (Ringo Starr) worked together well and presented The Beatles very well.
I must also mention rest of the cast as everyone was amazing! Majority of the cast played the instruments live on stage and it is very impressive that they could also dance, sing and act.
The set (designed by Gary McCann) and the lights (designed by Nick Richings) worked well together and the costumes (designed by Gary McCann) suited the time period in the show.
This show gets:
OVERALL, tHE SHOW IS SIMPLY MAGNIFICENT AND TAKES YOU BACK IN TIME TO SHOW YOU THE LIFE OF cILLA BLACK