Reviewed by Amanda Browne
We visited Milton Keynes Theatre tonight (26 September 2017) to see Cilla The Musical. I feel like I’ve actually glimpsed her. We came for opening night and on arrival there was a buzz in the air. I think everyone was alive with anticipation.
Milton Keynes Theatre is accessible and easy to find, with parking a plenty. We picked up our tickets and took to our perfectly situated seats in good time. Bill Kenright (Director) was just behind us walking in and graciously accepted my partners handshake, as a long time Everton fan he was delighted to see him. Amazingly he sat amongst the audience to watch the show.
Step inside love… I can’t begin to tell you about this show. Step up, stand up, Miss Kara Lily Hayworth. Outstanding voice, magical mesmerising performance. Her voice fills the theatre, without doubt born to perform, she was fantastic. Not alone though Bobby… Mr Carl Au, played his part to perfection. I know a little about Cilla, who doesn’t, I had seen the TV show. This musical has had a huge input from her family I understand, and it shows I think.
When it finished I felt like I glimpsed a love story… he loved her and she truly loved him. That’s kind of all you need to know. It made me realise there are some true greats in this world and we should see them perform when we can, there is no going back and we can’t see those who have gone. The cast for this show were all fantastic and I was hooked from the start.
Cilla the musical tells the story of Cilla Black’s rise to fame. She is without doubt a 60s icon and the musical reflects the era. Stand out performances from the Beatles Brian Epstein and the Big Three. They were on point and sounded brilliant.
The show charts Cilla’s rise to fame from the typing pool to the top of the charts. It’s an amazing journey and one I would urge you to take with them. Kara Lily Hayworth is definitely a talent her voice is amazingly strong and powerful and fills the theatre. I’m a massive Barbara Streisand fan and think she would do her songs justice.
I left the theatre feeling both happy and sad, it’s a story we should all see, the cast are fantastic, I wish them a long and successful run. This musical will run and run. Go see it, you really won’t be disappointed.
Tickets cost from £20.90 to £63.40 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Cilla – The Musical is at Milton Keynes Theatre from 26-30 September 2017, for more information or to book tickets visit www.atgtickets.com/miltonkeynes or call the box office on 0844 8717652.
Milton Keynes Theatre, 500 Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, Bucks, MK9 3NZ