Andrew Lancel and Carl Au join the cast of Cilla the Musical written by BAFTA® award-winning Jeff Pope, with its world premiere at the Liverpool Empire on 7th September.
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 heartwarming 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 forefront 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.
Cilla – The Musical is produced by Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield, alongside Executive Producer Robert Willis
CILLA – THE MUSICAL
WRITTEN BY JEFF POPE
DIRECTED BY BILL KENWRIGHT & BOB TOMSON
Liverpool Empire Theatre
7 – 16 September 0844 871 3017
19 – 23 September 0844 871 3014
Milton Keynes Theatre
26 – 30 September 0844 871 7627
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton
3 – 7 October 023 8071 1811
New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham
10 – 14 October 0844 871 3011
Blackpool, Opera House
17 – 21 October 0844 856 1111
New Theatre, Cardiff
31 October – 4 November 029 2087 8889
New Wimbledon Theatre
7 – 11 November 0844 871 7627
Regent Theatre, Stoke
14 – 18 November 0844 871 7649
Palace Theatre, Manchester
21 – 25 November 0844 871 3019
Bradford, Alahambra Theatre
28 November – 2 December 01274 432 000
Dartford Orchard Theatre
16 – 20 January 01322 220 000
York, Grand Opera House
23 – 27 January 0844 871 3024
Glasgow, Kings Theatre
30 January – 3 February 0844 871 3024
Oxford, New Theatre
13 – 17 February 0844 871 3020
Derngate Theatre, Northampton
20 – 24 February 01604 624 811
Newcastle, Theatre Royal
27 February – 3 March 0844 811 2121
13 – 17 March 0844 871 7627
Woking, New Theatre
20 – 24 March 0844 871 7645