Lorra, lorra love for Cilla musical

Something tells me Cilla The Musical is going to run like the wind that whips up Mersey waters in the late, great star's home city.

Thursday, 25th January 2018, 5:09 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th January 2018, 5:15 pm
Kara Lily Hayworth stars as Cilla

So catch the touring production while you can in our area before the show's Saturday swan song.

York is this week swinging to legendary Liverpudlian sounds of the Sixties - The Beatles, Gerry and The Pacemakers but, principally, songstress Priscilla White.

Cilla The Musical's sounds of the Sixties

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The Bill Kenwright-produced performance is a rock n rollercoaster of a ride, charting rise to fame from first stumbling Cavern auditions to assured presenter of eponymous TV breakthrough show then Surprise, Surprise and Blind Date prime time successes.

What's it all about (Alfie)? Well, there's trademark lorra, lorra laughs aplenty, alongside tears of on-off romance with man who would become her life-long soul mate, and untimely demise of influential entrepreneur who was her music industry mentor.

Both Carl Au's Bobby and soap star Andrew Lancel's Brian Epstein are stand-out acts but it is show-stopping lead lady Kara Lily Hayworth, who beat thousands of hopefuls in nationwide open auditions for the coveted role, who truly does justice to the girl next door diva who entered so many of our hearts and homes.

Written by BAFTA award winning Jeff Pope, fittingly premiered at Liverpool Empire a few months ago, the story is a homage to a homely but ambitious factory girl whose refreshingly natural talent would see her distinctive Anyone Who Had A Heart top charts worldwide.

Cilla The Musical's sounds of the Sixties

Merseybeat sounds resonate again, more than half a century on, courtesy of live music amid equally authentic sets and choreography, so good it gets it right even when, as on ill-fated The Ed Sullivan Show, moves are wrong for the track itself.

Scousers sat near us were moved to tears by the retrospective retelling, spectacular and inspiring in equal measure, of this rags to riches tale off an ordinary lass whose extraordinary talent would make her among our best-loved entertainers of all time.

Classic "You're My World" brought the house down - Grand Opera House in this case. Visit atgtickets.com/york or contact 0844 8713024 to share the experience and get back to Black.