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Kara Lily Hayworth Has Been Announced In Main Role For ‘Cilla – The Musical’

Following weeks of open auditions at venues up and down the country – the producers of Cilla the Musical have found their star. Kara Lily Hayworth has fought off thousands of hopefuls to be named as the girl who will step into the Legend’s coveted shoes in the first ever musical about the star’s life.

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 new musical, opens in Cilla’s hometown at the Liverpool Empire from Thursday 7th – 16th September before embarking on a nationwide tour.

Kara queued for four hours at London’s Dominion Theatre to have her chance to audition in the first rounds. She made it through to the final 30 before being chosen to do her final audition at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Robert Willis said, ‘We wanted somebody who wasn’t going to impersonate my mum but someone who could capture her spirit. Kara came in with her huge personality and amazing voice – when I saw the response of the audience at the Cavern, I knew we’d found her!”

Originally from Watford, Kara trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She recently performed in Secret Cinema’s Moulin Rouge and this will be her first leading role in a big new musical…and her first time on tour!

She said  “When I was 11 I was shopping out with my mum and bumped into Cilla and asked her for an autograph. I told her I wanted to be an actress – she laughed and said ‘It’s a tough industry, but if you really work hard and go for it, you’ll be just fine.’ She was a huge inspiration to me as a child; I grew up watching her on Blind Date every Saturday night with my Nan. To be chosen to play her is such an honor and I’m so excited to take on the role. To open in her hometown of Liverpool is so special and a real privilege.”

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 favorite 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.

Tour Dates

Liverpool Empire Theatre           

atgtickets.com/Liverpool

7 – 16 September

0844 871 3017

 

Edinburgh Playhouse

atgtickets.com/Edinburgh

19 – 23 September

0844 871 3014

 

Milton Keynes Theatre                  

atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes

26 – 30 September    

0844 871 7627

 

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton            

mayflower.org.uk

3 – 7 October

023 8071 1811

 

New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham          

atgtickets.com/Birmingham

10 – 14 October

0844 871 3011

 

Blackpool, Opera House

wgbpl.co.uk

17 – 21 October

0844 856 1111

 

New Theatre, Cardiff           

newtheatrecardiff.co.uk

31 October – 4 November

029 2087 8889

 

New Wimbledon Theatre

atgtickets.com/Wimbledon

7 – 11 November

0844 871 7627

 

Regent Theatre, Stoke           

atgtickets.com/stoke

14 – 18 November

0844 871 7649

 

Palace Theatre, Manchester           

atgtickets.com/Manchester

21 – 25 November

0844 871 3019

 

Bradford, Alahambra Theatre      

bradford-theatres.co.uk

28 November – 2 December     

01274 432 000

 

Dartford Orchard Theatre      

orchardtheatre.co.uk

16 – 20 January      

01322 220 000

 

York, Grand Opera House

atgtickets.com/York

23 – 27 January  

0844 871 3024

 

Glasgow, Kings Theatre

atgtickets.com/Glasgow

30 January – 3 February

0844 871 3024

 

Oxford, New Theatre

atgtickets.com/Oxford

13 – 17 February

0844 871 3020

 

Derngate Theatre, Northampton

royalandderngate.co.u

20 – 24 February

01604 624 811

 

Newcastle, Theatre Royal

theatreroyal.co.uk

27 February – 3 March

0844 811 2121

 

Bristol Hippordrome

atgtickets.com/Bristol

13 – 17 March

0844 871 7627

 

Woking, New Theatre

atgtickets.com/Woking

20 – 24 March

844 871 7645

 

More tour dates to be confirmed soon.

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