Watch as we meet Cilla’s son and meet the hopefuls auditioning to play her

The very first auditions to find the next singing star to take the title role of Cilla Black in Cilla The Musical have taken place today at the Liverpool Empire Theatre! With hundreds of applicants registering and in attendance.

We took the cameras along to meet some of the hopefuls and grab a chat with Cilla’s son Robert Willis who is also Executive Producer of the forthcoming show which opens at the Empire this September.

Bill Kenwright and Laurie Mansfield present this new musical about the life and legend of Cilla Black, which will open in her hometown at the Liverpool Empire from Thursday 7 – 16 September before embarking on a nationwide tour.

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).

Sheridan Smith playing Cilla in the screen version.

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.

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.

Visit for all the latest tour and audition information and good luck if you were auditioning today!


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