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Excitement builds ahead of Cilla the Musical world premiere in Liverpool

The star of Cilla the Musical has been showing off her new scouse accent and her amazing voice. Kara Lily Hayworth appears alongside Andrew Lancel who plays Brian Epstein in the world premiere. It's all happening at the Liverpool Empire at the end of the week before a nationwide tour.. Cilla's son Robert said it had to start at the Liverpool Empire because 'it was a place that meant so much to Mum.' Our reporter Victoria Grimes went to see final rehearsals in London.

Cilla the Musical premieres in Liverpool this week

Cilla- the young girl who became a singing sensation and TV star Credit: PA

It's the show everyone's talking about. Cilla the Musical takes to the stage in Liverpool at the end of the week.

It's Jeff Pope's story about the life of the one and only Cilla Black. It stars Kara Lily Hayworth as Cilla alongside Carl Au as Bobby his credits include Waterloo Road. . Andrew Lancel who was in Coronation Street plays Brian Epstein. 'Cilla the musical' has its world premiere at the Liverpool Empire on Friday.later this week.

Her son Robert is one of the show's producers

Cilla with husband Bobby and son Robert as a baby Credit: PA

CILLA - THE MUSICAL is a 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 fore-front of the Brit-Pop music scene.

The musical score is the ultimate soundtrack to the 60’s including Cilla’s greatest hits Anyone Who Had a Heart, Alfie and Something Tells Me, Twist and Shout by the Beatles, California Dreamin by The Mamas and The Papas’ and many more

It will tour to locations including Manchester and Chester. ,

The cast will also include Amy Bridges, Gemma Brodrick-Bower, Paul Broughton, Bill Caple, Tom Christian and Tom Dunlea.

It is produced by Bill Kenwright, Laurie Mansfield and Black’s son Robert Willis.

It is directed by Kenwright and Bob Tomson.

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Hundreds of hopefuls queue round the block for Cilla open auditions

Hundreds of hopefuls have queued up round the block for open auditions for Cilla the Musical at the Empire theatre in Liverpool.

The auditions are being held by producers from Bill Kenwright Ltd and Executive Producer of the new musical, Cilla's son, Robert Willis.

Watch: We had exclusive and fascinating behind-the-scenes footage of Cilla's statue being made

Almost 18-months-ago Granada Reports was broadcasting from Mathew Street as Liverpool was coming to terms with the death of Cilla Black.

Her name of course will aways be linked with the Cavern, where she started out as a cloakroom attendant.

So as the club turned 60 today, a statute's been unveiled to her. Our cameras were the only ones allowed to follow its construction from the very beginning And Victoria Grimes joined the crowds for the unveiling:

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