You will see our new Cilla live at Liverpool Pride this weekend
Liverpool Pride is set to be a lorra lorra laughs this weekend and have a very special surprise surprise lined up (sorry!).
Kara Lily Hayworth, star of Cilla The Musical, has joined the line-up and will perform songs from the new show as part of Liverpool Pride’s We Are Family day this Sunday (30 July).
The announcement follows the recent news that the boys who won BBC’s Let It Shine programme – and now stars of Five to Five from new Take That musical The Band – will also perform at Liverpool Prides family day.
Kara Lily Hayworth and Five to Five’s performances will see two major musicals showcased at Liverpool Pride 2017.
Cilla The Musical will be on stage at 1.50pm, followed by The Band who will appear at 5.25pm.
Both acts will be performing on the afternoon of Sunday 30 July on the We Are Family Plateau Stage at St Georges Quarter, prior to both shows performing at the Liverpool Empire Theatre later in the year.
Cilla – The Musical will have its world premiere at the Liverpool Empire from 7 to 16 September, and is the new spectacular and heart-warming musical adaptation of the critically acclaimed hit ITV television series by Bafta Award winner, Jeff Pope.
It tells the extraordinary story of the teenage girl from Liverpool whose teenage dreams of stardom lead to her 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 Pricilla 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 Sixties including Cilla’s greatest hits Anyone Who Had a Heart, Alfie and Something Tells Me, Twist and Shout by The Beatles, California Dreaminby The Mamas and The Papas’ and many more. The appearance at Liverpool Pride will mark almost two years to the day that Cilla passed away on 1 August 2015.
The Band will have its world premiere at Manchester Opera House from 8 to 30 September and visits Liverpool Empire in January 2018. Written by award winning writer Tim Firth, The Band is a beautiful story for anyone who grew up with a boy band and how those songs became the soundtrack to their lives. For five 16-year-old girls in 1992, the band is everything. Twenty five years on, we are reunited with this group of friends as they try once more to fulfil their dream of meeting their heroes.
Featuring the music of Take That, Britain’s most successful boyband of all time, whose songs include Never Forget, Back For Good, A Million Love Songs, Greatest Day, The Flood, Relight My Fire, Shine, and Rule the World, and starring the winners from the BBC’s Let it Shine, Five to Five. The Band is now the fastest selling musical theatre tour of all time. Don’t miss your chance to see this breathtaking brand new production first before it hits London’s West End.
Also joining the line-up on the We Are Family Plateau Stage are the rising stars of the Liverpool Empire Youth Theatre with a performance from their forthcoming show, Fame The Musical. They will appear at 12.10pm.
Fame The Musical will be presented by Liverpool Empire Youth Theatre at the Liverpool Empire on Friday 18 August and Saturday 19 August at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.
Get ready for an exhilarating stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning movie and popular TV series, Fame! The pop culture phenomenon follows the lives of a group of students attending New York’s High School for the Performing Arts. Follow them on their journey as they reach for the stars and the bright lights of the entertainment industry. Critics loved LEYT’s last production (Legally Blonde), with the Liverpool Echo calling it “a great show delivered with real panache”.
We Are Family is a family focused fun day has something to offer for all ages as Liverpool Pride opens the door to celebrations and invites the wider community to enjoy the accepting and inclusive atmosphere that comes with the Pride weekend.
The festival’s headline sponsor Barclays will also be running free informative workshops for children and their parents. Code Playground offers a fun way to learn the basics of coding, whilst DigiSafe in Cyber Space offers guidance on everything needed to master the digital world.
Families attending will also enjoy a whole host of fun activities including fun inflatables, fairground rides and arts and crafts. A range of international food and drink stalls will be available across the weekend serving up the finest food and drinks for revellers to enjoy.
Also on the We Are Family Plateau Stage is X Factor finalist and Liverpool native Marcus Collins. The X Factor hopeful shot to fame in 2011 after appearing on the ITV talent search and most recently appeared in Kinky Boots in London’s West End.
Acclaimed choral artist Jennifer John & Merseyside Choirs return to Liverpool Pride for 2017 with a specially created multi-choir performance celebrating the theme of International Love. Jennifer has worked closely with choirs from across the Liverpool City Region to put together an unmissable performance. Audiences are invited to sing along to classics that celebrate the theme of the weekend.
Liverpool Pride – the region’s annual LGBT+ festival – is now one of the major events in the city’s Summer events programme, attracting more than 25,000 people. Now in its eighth consecutive year, the festival will take place across two days – Saturday 29 July and Sunday 30 July.
The theme of this year’s Pride is International Love, complementing the city’s wider 50 Summers of Love festival, which celebrates 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
Liverpool Pride Festival 2017 is sponsored by Barclays. Further support also comes from Manchester Airport as the official Airport Sponsor; Radio City as the official Media Partner; Homes For Everyone; and Signature Living as the official Hotel Partner.