Star is born for Cilla show

David Upton

Following open auditions up and down the country, the producers of Cilla the Musical have found their star.

Kara Lily Hayworth has fought off thousands of hopefuls to be named as the girl who will step into the first ever musical about the singing star’s life.

Cilla - The Musical opens in Cilla’s hometown at the Liverpool Empire from September 7 to 16 before embarking on a nationwide tour including Manchester Palace Theatre from November 21 to 25.

Kara queued for four hours at London’s Dominion Theatre to have her chance to audition in the first rounds. She made it through to the final 30 before being chosen to do her final audition at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.