Cilla the Musical Review

Cilla – The Musical is a celebration of Cilla Black, focusing on her personality, success, and how she connected with the public. But it also explores the diva moments, when she became focused on her career and what to do next at the expense of her beloved husband, Bobby. You learn about her humble upbringing, the recordings at Abbey Road studios with George Martin, and her relationship with her manager Brian Epstein, who also famously managed The Beatles.

There is something about Cilla’s story which keeps you interested throughout this marvellous musical. She became the nation’s sweetheart for so many decades because she was like the people buying her music and tuning into her TV shows. 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 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, 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.

Kara Lily Hayworth is outstanding throughout the whole show, she takes the role and makes it her own. Her rendition of Anyone Who Had a Heart gives you goose bumps. And she captures the star’s likeability and cheekiness. Playing Cilla’s devoted husband Bobby is Alexander Patmore, he showed himself to be a polished all-rounder, acting and singing with ease and confidence. And Andrew Lancel gives a truly believable performance as Cilla’s manager Brian Epstein.

Added, to all this Gary McCann’s grand set design which captures the spirit of the Cavern Club, a superb supporting cast, and a team of magnificent musicians Cilla -The Musical get a 10 out of 10 from Family Go Live!

Cilla is at The Floral Pavilion until Saturday 27th October 2018, 7:30pm
Matinee at 2:30pm on Wed, Thu and Sat

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