We’ve had the Cilla statue, and now news has just come in of an even more exciting tribute to the late entertainer!

Cilla Black’s son Robert Willis has revealed that a musical in her honour will take to the stage later this year, and producers are already on the hunt for a starlet to play the lead role.

After an amazing turn in the Cilla mini series, we think Sheridan Smith would be just perfect, but sadly she won’t be making a return as the canny lass from Liverpool! But to give all budding actresses the chance to play their music hero producers will be holding open auditions in Liverpool (and elsewhere). Speaking on This Morning Robert said:

“We are holding a series of open auditions around the whole country to find our Cilla – she’s out there, so we’ve got to find her. She’s got to be able to act and obviously sing.”

Explaining his motivation for putting together the stage production, he added:

“We started this journey with her, and because everything changed obviously after she died, and we had to make the decision whether we went ahead with this or do we not do it.

“But I think for a number of reasons, partly because the script is so good, partly because she wanted it to happen, and I guess for me – maybe it’s selfish – but I miss her you know? And this kind of connects me to her. And we all want to do it for her.”

Cilla – The Musical – the final project Cilla gave her approval to before she died in August 2015 – will open at Liverpool’s Empire theatre on 7 September before touring the UK.

Based on the hit TV series, the musical will include Cilla’s greatest hits “Anyone Who Had a Heart”, “Alfie” and “Something Tells Me” as well as classic 60s’ songs such as “Twist and Shout” by the Beatles, “California Dreamin” by The Mamas and The Papas’.

We can’t wait!

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