The search for the next big musical theatre star is on as producers of Cilla – The Musical confirm open auditons will begin around the country in May. The auditions will start in Liverpool before taking in Edinburgh, Birmingham and London in a bid to find their leading lady.
Producers are looking for a charismatic and talented actress with a great voice to portray the title role, starting in Cilla’s hometown of Liverpool. The dates and locations for the auditions are as below:
Tuesday 2 May Liverpool Empire
Monday 8 May Edinburgh Playhouse
Tuesday 9 May Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre
Friday 12 May London Dominion Theatre
Robert Willis (Executive Producer and Cilla’s son), said: “My Mum Ioved singing and performing ever since she was a young girl and she was determined to do what she loved. Having performed at the clubs around Liverpool, including the famous Cavern Club, she got her big break when Brian Epstein spotted her and signed her. It was the start of everything that was to follow. She was a natural born performer who lived to entertain her audience. We are hoping to find that person who also dreams big and has the talent to match but just needs the chance to show it. We can’t wait to meet you!”
The new production which is a 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) will open in her hometown at the Liverpool Empire from Thursday 7 – 16 September before embarking on a nationwide tour. 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.
Cilla – The Musical is produced by Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield, alongside Executive Producer Robert Willis.
Liverpool Empire Theatre atgtickets.com/Liverpool
7 – 16 September 0844 871 3017
Edinburgh Playhouse atgtickets.com/Edinburgh
19 – 23 September 0844 871 3014
Milton Keynes Theatre atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes
26 – 30 September 0844 871 7627
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton mayflower.org.uk
3 – 7 October 023 8071 1811
New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham atgtickets.com/birmingham
10 – 14 October 0844 871 3011
Blackpool, Opera House wgbpl.co.uk
17 – 21 October 0844 856 1111
New Theatre, Cardiff newtheatrecardiff.co.uk
31 October – 4 November 029 2087 8889
New Wimbledon Theatre atgtickets.com/Wimbledon
7 – 11 November 0844 871 7646
Regent Theatre, Stoke atgtickets.com/stoke
14 – 18 November 0844 871 7649
Palace Theatre, Manchester atgtickets.com/Manchester
21 – 25 November 0844 871 3019
Bradford, Alahambra Theatre
28 November – 2 December 01274 432 000
More tour dates to be confirmed soon.
Visit cillathemusical.com for all the latest tour and audition information