When looking forward to a particular show you can sometimes be left disappointed. Cilla – The Musical is not in this category. Following the TV series – the script transfers well to the stage leaving audiences spellbound by the quality of the musicians, the vocals and production overall.
Written initially for TV by Jeff Pope, this is a story of the rise to super stardom of an ordinary girl from Merseyside with an extraordinary voice who became the nations favourite.
The show follows the life of Cilla Black from the humble days of being unwilling to step onto a stage to the peak of her stardom as she enters the TV chapter of her life. From humble beginnings, to the excitement of gaining number ones plus her romance with Bobby – it really is a fascinating and entertaining story.
Kara Lily Hayworth as Cilla was selected from open auditions for the role. They were looking for the perfect Cilla dnt they found her. She is excellent in her interpretation of the character and her vocals are stunning throughout. The role suits her voice perfectly. She proves a perfect casting and one to watch out for in the future.
Bobby, played by Carl Au, wins the hearts of the audience as he portrays the character with true feeling finally winning the love of his life. Not to mention his strong performance and excellent vocals.
The experienced Andrew Lancel (Coronation Street, The Bill & many more) plays the troubled Brian Epstein, a character he’s played before but in a different show, providing the hint of sadness when he takes his own life just after negotiating Cilla’s TV breakthrough.
The set was simple but effective. Scene changes were seamless moving from The Cavern Club to Cilla’s House to Abbey Road Studios and of course to Cilla’s red phone box efficiently.
Although Cilla’s hits form the backbone of the show there are many other songs from the 60’s Mersey era from The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers and even (from California) The Mamas & The Papas. There is something for everyone here. There is also plenty of Merseyside humour, as you would expect.
Anyone of a certain age will love this show but the quality of the production will also make it appealing to the younger theatre generation.
Overall, an excellent night out. Cilla plays The Palace Theatre, Manchester until Saturday 18th November. To book tickets visit: www.atgtickets.com/shows/cilla