BAFTA AWARD WINNING JEFF POPE’S ACCLAIMED TV SERIES COMES TO THE OPERA HOUSE BLACKPOOL “CILLA THE MUSICAL”
But who will be Cilla?
Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield present the new musical about the life and legend of Cilla Black, which will come to the Blackpool Opera House from Tuesday 17 – Saturday 21 October 2017 as part of a a nationwide tour. Cilla’s son, Robert Willis, will be the Executive Producer. 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 Moorside, Philomena, From The Cradle To The Grave, Mrs Biggs).
The story 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. Michael Williams, Managing Director comments “We’re delighted to be able add another spectacular musical for 2017 which will celebrate the life of an icon, Cilla. The musical is set to be a inspiring retelling of Cilla Black’s rise to fame and iconic status” The musical score will be 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.
The announcement Cilla is to come to Blackpool Winter Gardens this year follows previous announcements for 2017 which will see Sister Act, Hairspray, La Cage Aux Folles, The Wedding Singer, Flashdance, Wonderland and Dreamboats and Petticoats and Peter Pan among the shows at the historic venue. Smash hit musical Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage will also return for a week following a successful three-week run at the theatre this summer. 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.
Cilla The Musical is produced by Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield, alongside Executive Producer Robert Willis
Cilla The Musical is written by Jeff Pope
Directed by Bill Kenwright & Bob Tomson