Photo Flash: First Look - CILLA THE MUSICAL Celebrates Opening Night in Liverpool

CILLA - THE MUSICAL, written by BAFTA Award-winning Jeff Pope and directed by Bill Kenwright and Bob Tomson, just opened in Liverpool for a run through 16 September before heading out on tour. BroadwayWorld has photos of the cast in action, plus the opening festivities below!

Bill Kenwright's new musical features: Andrew Lancel (Brian Epstein); Carl Au (Bobby); Amy Bridges (Rose Willis); Gemma Brodrick-Bower (Pauline); Paul Broughton (John White); Bill Caple (Ringo Starr); Tom Christian (Kenny Willis); Tom Dunlea (Hutch); Pauline Fleming (Big Cilla); Joshua Gannon (Paul McCartney); Billie Hardy (Pat); and Michael Hawkins (John Lennon).

They join the previously announced Kara Lily Hayworth as Cilla, who beat thousands of hopefuls in nationwide open auditions for the coveted role.

The musical reunites Tom Dunlea, Michael Hawkins and Gemma Brodrick-Bower, all of whom starred in Jeff Pope's original ITV mini-series Cilla, on which the musical is based. It also reunites Andrew Lancel with the role of Epstein, which he played on stage to great critical acclaim in Epstein - The Man Who Made The Beatles. Andrew is best known to TV audiences as super-villain Frank Foster in Coronation Street and as DI Neil Manson in the long-running ITV television series The Bill.

The legendary Merseybeat sound is authentically performed live on stage by the cast who are completed by: Alan Howell; Jay Osbourne; Alex Harford; Will Kinnon; Jenny Murphy; Tom Sowinski; and Christopher Weeks.

CILLA - THE MUSICAL is the spectacular and heart-warming musical adaptation of the critically acclaimed hit ITV television series by Bafta-Award winner Jeff Pope (The Moorside, Philomena, From The Cradle To The Grave, Mrs Biggs and the acclaimed Little Boy Blue which had ITV audiences glued to their screens). It tells the extraordinary story of the ordinary girl from Liverpool whose teenage dreams of stardom lead her to becoming one of Britain's best-loved entertainers of all time.

It's an introduction by a young John Lennon to music mogul Brian Epstein that changes Priscilla White's life forever. By the age of just 25 she would be known as singer and TV Star Cilla Black, Number One selling artist and at the fore-front of the Brit-Pop music scene. 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.

Photo Credit: Matt Martin (production photos); David Munn (gala images)

Photo Flash: First Look - CILLA THE MUSICAL Celebrates Opening Night in Liverpool
The Cast of Cilla The Musical - Liverpool Empire

Photo Flash: First Look - CILLA THE MUSICAL Celebrates Opening Night in Liverpool
Kara Lily Hayworth (Cilla)

Photo Flash: First Look - CILLA THE MUSICAL Celebrates Opening Night in Liverpool
Kara Lily Hayworth (Cilla)

Photo Flash: First Look - CILLA THE MUSICAL Celebrates Opening Night in Liverpool
Christopher Weeks, Alex Harford, Jay Osbourne and Gemma Brodrick-Bower (Pauline)

Photo Flash: First Look - CILLA THE MUSICAL Celebrates Opening Night in Liverpool
The Cast of Cilla The Musical - Liverpool Empire

Photo Flash: First Look - CILLA THE MUSICAL Celebrates Opening Night in Liverpool
Carl Au (Bobby Willis) and Kara Lily Hayworth (Cilla)

Photo Flash: First Look - CILLA THE MUSICAL Celebrates Opening Night in Liverpool
Jeff Pope, Bill Caple (Ringo Star), Michael Hawkins (John Lennon), Kara Lily Hayworth (Cilla), Joshua Gannon (Paul McCartney), Alex Harford and Robert Willis

Photo Flash: First Look - CILLA THE MUSICAL Celebrates Opening Night in Liverpool
Jeff Pope, Carl Au (Bobby Willis), Kara Lily Hayworth (Cilla) and Robert Willis

Photo Flash: First Look - CILLA THE MUSICAL Celebrates Opening Night in Liverpool
Kara Lily Hayworth (Cilla)

Photo Flash: First Look - CILLA THE MUSICAL Celebrates Opening Night in Liverpool
Kara Lily Hayworth (Cilla) and Andrew Lancel (Brian Epstein)

Photo Flash: First Look - CILLA THE MUSICAL Celebrates Opening Night in Liverpool
Kara Lily Hayworth (Cilla) and Paul O'Grady




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