Could Cilla the Musical head to London's West End?
It has been announced that Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield will present a new musical about the life and legend of Cilla Black, based on the critically acclaimed ITV mini-series that followed the early life of Cilla Black and starred Sheridan Smith. The musical will open in Cilla's hometown at the Liverpool Empire in September 2017 ahead of a UK tour, but could the West End soon be on the cards?
Cilla - The Musical is described as "a spectacular and heart-warming musical" that 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. It will feature a string of Cilla's greatest hits including "Anyone Who Had a Heart", "Alfie" and "Something Tells Me" as well as contemporary sounds of Liverpool including The Beatles and The Mama and The Papas.
It was also announced that producers would be holding open auditions to find the role of Cilla, mirroring the way she was "plucked from obscurity before becoming the iconic Liverpudlian songbird."
Written by Jeff Pope and directed by Bill Kenwright and Bob Tomson, Cilla the Musical will tour to Edinburgh, Milton Keynes, Southampton, Birmingham, Blackpool, Stoke and Manchester. It will have a London run at the New Wimbledon Theatre, but hopes are a West End production could be in the pipeline.
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