Review: Cilla the Musical is a knockout at Curve Leicester

Cast your mind back a few years to when Cilla Black’s Blind Date was a Saturday night staple, and you never would have imagined that in 2018, her life story would have become a critically acclaimed tv series and now an extremely successful stage musical.

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In retrospect though, Cilla’s life had all the makings of a great story. A real rags-to-riches adventure, this is about a girl from down town Liverpool who had incredible determination to succeed and went on to become a household name.

Along the way, she made friends with legends - John Lennon - brilliantly portrayed in this adaptation helped her land her first record deal and of course The Beatles manager Brian Epstein.

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We get to see her complex relationship with her beloved husband Bobby unfold - a man who pretty much sacrificed his own career for the girl he loved.

Along the way, the show is littered with Cilla’s hits, which gave her huge chart success in the 60’s, and at the end of the show, we’re introduced to the beginnings of her tv career.

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If anything, this musical made us think it was quite sad that the late showbiz star was reduced to silly Saturday night tv, given the musical ride she’d enjoyed decades before.

We absolutely loved Cilla, which was brilliantly staged as ever by the great people at Curve Leicester. *****