Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield will present the Cilla – The Musical, a new musical about the life and legend of Cilla Black, which will open in her hometown at the Liverpool Empire from 7 to 16 September before embarking on a nationwide tour. Cilla’s son, Robert Willis, will be the executive producer.
Cilla – The Musical has been described as 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 life of the teenage girl from Liverpool, Priscilla White, and her rocky, yet incredible, rise to fame.
By the age of just 25 she was recognised as international singing star Cilla Black. By the age of 30 she had become Britain’s favourite television entertainer headlining Blind Date, Surprise Surprise and many more.
The musical score will be the soundtrack to the 1960s, including Black’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.
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.
The show will be directed by Bill Kenwright and Bill Tomson.
After Liverpool, the tour will continue at Edinburgh Playhouse (19-23 September); Milton Keynes Theatre (26-30 September); Mayflower, Southampton (3-7 October); New Alexandra Theatre (10-14 October); Blackpool Opera House (17-21 October); Cardiff New Theatre (31 October-4 November); New Wimbledon Theatre (7-11 November); Regent Theatre, Stoke (14-18 November); and Palace Theatre, Manchester (21-25 November).