Kara Lily Hayworth has admitted that taking on the persona of the legendary Cilla Black in Cilla The Musical was a 'daunting' prospect for her.
The 27-year-old stars in the show, which is at Dublin's Bord Gais Energy Theatre until next Saturday, February 10 as part of a UK and Ireland tour which began last September.
"We opened at the Liverpool Empire," Hayworth recalls. "And it's a bit of a giveaway - I'm not actually from Liverpool. So it was a little bit nerve-wracking because Cilla was so well-loved as a performer, a TV personality.
"It was quite daunting having to try and just give the people what they wanted, and make them fall in love with me like everyone fell in love with her."
Cilla The Musical is a fun, nostalgic and thoroughly enjoyable show that traces on the late performer's early career and the music of the period, ranging from her hits such as Anyone Who Had a Heart, Alfie and Something Tells Me to songs of the period by The Beatles and others.
It's a classic - and true - story of a working-class girl, humble and initially shy about her talent as a singer, who goes on to become a very successful star with a string of hugely popular songs.
"It follows her journey from when she started off getting up and singing in The Cavern" says Hayworth. "She was a hat-check girl in the club, she was friends with The Beatles.
"So it's all of that journey, and when she first gets discovered by Brian Epstein, who was famously The Beatles' manager."
It's a classic - and true - story of a working-class girl, humble and initially shy about her talent as a singer, who goes on to become a hugely successful star with a string of hugely popular songs.
This is also a love story, as early on in her career Cilla met Bobby Willis, a fellow Scouser who went on to become both her manager and her husband.
"That's what makes it so beautiful," says Hayworth. "Underneath all of the pop stardom, it's a relationship between her and Bobby, and the love that they have for each other.
"And the ups and downs," she adds. "They didn't have a perfect relationship. They rowed, like any other couple."
Cilla The Musical is at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre until Saturday, February 10.