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        "THE CHER SHOW" BROADWAY MUSICAL

        Status: first run started in June in Chicago

        Release: December 3rd, 2018 on Broadway

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       "MAMMA MIA! HERE WE GO AGAIN" MOVIE

       Status: in theaters

       Release: July 20, 2018

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       HERE WE GO AGAIN TOUR

       Tour in Australia and New Zealand

       Release: September - October 2018

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       "CLASSIC CHER" CONCERTS

       Residency in Las Vegas and National Harbor

       Release: 2017-2018

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       DANCING QUEEN (ALBUM)

       Status: announced

       Release: September 2018

 

       FRAGRANCE LINE

       Status: in development

       Release: TBA

 

       "PRAYERS FOR THIS WORLD" SONG

       Soundtrack for the documentary "Cries from Syria"

       Release: March 2017

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       "WALLS" SONG

       Soundtrack for the "Free the Wild" Foundation

       Release: October 2017

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       "EDITH + EDDIE" DOCUMENTARY

       Residency in Las Vegas and National Harbor

       Release: March 2, 2017

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CHER MAKES ONE OF JAMES CODEN'S DREAMS COME TRUE

Posted by: Twins 09.09.2018

 

 
Cher Makes One of James Corden's Dreams Come True by Playing 'Musical Chers'

Cher made James Corden's "Late Late Show" dream come true Friday night.
While appearing on the CBS late-night show, the music icon participated in a game of "Musical Chers." The game was just like your typical Musical Chairs, except all of the contestants were dressed in iconic Cher costumes and walked around the chairs to the pop star's greatest hits. According to Corden, the epic game had been brewing in the "The Late Late Show" vault "for years."
"We came up with an idea. An idea so powerful, so groundbreaking, so revolutionary -- if I'm honest none of us here thought it would ever happen," Corden said in complete Cher drag. "Tonight, after 520 shows, it's happening."
Cher joined a member of the band, two women that work on the show -- Madison and Zoey -- and "Shameless" star William H. Macy.
The late-night host first asked Cher if she had any "tips" for how the "Chers can best find their inner Chers." The "Believe" singer simply flipped her blonde locks in response.
See who came out victorious in the clip below.

Since the "I Got You Babe" singer was there to promote her new Abba cover album "Dancing Queen," Corden asked Cher and Macy what they love about the Swedish pop group.
Although both of them said that jumped on the Abba train "late," Cher explained that singing "Fernando" in "Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again" had her fall in love with their music all over again and motivated her to create an album.
Corden then asked the pop icon what she needs for her "creative space." Dim lights? Incense? Nope, just a can of Dr. Pepper.
"Are you serious? That's it? Just a can of Dr. Pepper," Corden asked.
"No," Cher replied. "In a glass with ice. I'm not a barbarian."
"[That] is the most Cher thing I think I've heard you say," Corden joked.
Watch the full interview below.

 

Source: toofab.com

CHER ON ELLEN SHOW PROMOTING HER NEW ALBUM

Posted by: Twins 08.09.2018

 

 
Cher appeared on The Ellen Show on Friday to promote her latest Abba tribute album, Dancing Queen, due later this month. During her Ellen appearance, Cher endured a DeGeneres’ karaoke rendition of her 1989 classic “If I Could Turn Back Time,” which she eventually sang in an awkward duet alongside Ellen.
Throughout her appearance, Cher also performed a spirited rendition of Abba’s “S.O.S.,” shared stories about Meryl Streep, discussed her upcoming world tour, and
Discussing her upcoming tour with Ellen, Cher admits that she doesn’t particularly enjoy hearing her own music. “Im not a big Cher fan, no, I’m really not,” said the 72 year-old singer. “I don’t want to listen to it. I don’t want to see it. I don’t want to hear my voice.”

 

Elsewhere, Cher discussed her role in Mamma Mia 2 and shared a story about the time her and Meryl Streep shared someone’s life in New York.
Cher also shared with her workout regiment with the Ellen audience, which includes Zumba.

 

Later in the interview, Ellen also asked Cher about her infamous Twitter account, where the singer has become known for her outspoken statements to her 3.5 million followers on everything Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to John McCain.
“I have to be a little bit quiet,” Cher explained. “I have got to pull it back sometimes…I just go too far.”

Source: Rolling Stone

TODAY SHOW: CHER OPENS UP ABOUT CAREER AND NEW 'ABBA' ALBUM

Posted by: Twins 08.09.2018

 

 
For generations, Cher has been entertaining fans with her music, her acting, her glamour and her ageless energy. Now she’s back in the recording studio and at 72, she shows us why she’s better than ever.

Watch here Harry Smith does a wide-ranging interview with Cher for “The Today Show”.

The photos from the interview you can see in the gallery.

Source: today.com

THE HERE WE GO AGAIN TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

Posted by: Twins 08.09.2018

 

 

The one and only Cher is set to hit the road with the HERE WE GO AGAIN Tour beginning January 17, 2019 in Ft. Myers, FL. A full list of dates follow this release. The upcoming tour was officially announced during Cher’s appearance on Ellen today.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, September 14 at 10am at LiveNation.com. Citi® is the official presale credit card for the HERE WE GO AGAIN Tour. As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase U.S. presale tickets beginning Wednesday, September 12th at 10:00am local time until Thursday, September 13th at 10:00pm local time through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. U.S. and Canadian residents who purchase tickets online will be able to redeem (1) physical or digital copy of Cher’s new album “Dancing Queen”. All albums must be redeemed by May 19, 2019.

Following the recent global success and rave reviews for Cher’s role in the Mamma Mia 2 – Here We Go Again film, the multi-award winning singer, actress and show-stopping performer will be crossing the U.S. for the first time in five years. Cher is expected to perform many of her hits along with some new songs from the Dancing Queen album – Cher’s tribute to the music of ABBA – out September 28th. Dancing Queen is currently available for pre-order.

The Oscar, Emmy, Cannes Film Festival and Grammy Award winning icon is scheduled to be honored at the Kennedy Center later this year. She is also co-producer of The Cher Show, the upcoming Broadway musical opening December 3rd and is currently touring Australia and New Zealand. Cher is currently doing a series of residencies in Las Vegas.

CHER – THE HERE WE GO AGAIN TOUR DATES:

01/17/2019 - Fort Myers, FL @ Germain Arena 
01/19/2019 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center 
01/21/2019 - Orlando, FL @ Amway Center 
01/23/2019 - Jacksonville, FL @ Veterans Memorial Arena 
01/25/2019 - Atlanta, GA @ Infinite Energy Arena 
01/27/2019 - Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena 
01/29/2019 - Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center 
01/31/2019 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena 
02/2/2019 - Biloxi, MS @ Mississippi Coast Coliseum 
02/4/2019 - Louisville, KY @ KFC YUM! Center 
02/6/2019 - Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena 
02/8/2019 - Chicago, IL @ United Center 
02/10/2019 - Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena 
02/12/2019 - Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena 
02/14/2019 - Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse 
04/18/2019 - Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena 
04/20/2019 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center 
04/22/2019 - Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena 
04/24/2019 - Ottawa, ON @ Richcraft Live @ Canadian Tire Centre 
04/26/2019 - Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center 
04/28/2019 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden 
04/30/2019 - Springfield, MA @ Mass Mutual Center 
05/2/2019 - Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center 
05/3/2019 - Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center 
05/8/2019 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena 
05/10/2019 - St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center 
05/12/2019 - Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum 
05/14/2019 - Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center 
05/16/2019 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premiere Center 
05/18/2019 - Saint Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center

Source: cher.com

CHER TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, 'DANCING QUEEN,' NEXT MONTH

Posted by: Twins 09.08.2018

 

 

Cher will release “Dancing Queen,” a new album of Abba covers, on Sept. 28, Warner Bros. Records announced on Thursday.
The singer and actress — who has won Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy Awards — was inspired to record the album following her performance in the recently-released hit film, “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” according to the announcement.
“I’ve always liked Abba and saw the original ‘Mamma Mia’ musical on Broadway three times,” Cher said. “After filming ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,’ I was reminded again of what great and timeless songs they wrote and started thinking ‘why not do an album of their music?’ The songs were harder to sing than I imagined but I’m so happy with how the music came out. I’m really excited for people to hear it. It’s a perfect time.”
The album was recorded and produced in London and Los Angeles with Cher’s longtime collaborator Mark Taylor, who previously produced Cher’s global hit single “Believe.”
Cher released a teaser video for the album’s first single, “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!,” Wednesday night.
Cher is scheduled to be awarded a Kennedy Center Honor on Dec. 2 in Washington DC. She is also a co-producer of the “The Cher Show,” the upcoming Broadway musical opening on Dec. 3, and will be touring Australia and New Zealand in September. She is currently performing a residency at MGM Resorts in Las Vegas.


Check out the track list below:
1. Dancing Queen
2. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
3. The Name Of The Game
4. SOS
5. Waterloo
6. Mamma Mia
7. Chiquitita
8. Fernando
9. The Winner Takes It All
10. One Of Us

Listen to the new song “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man after Midnight)” and pre-order album here:
Apple Music
iTunes Store
Spotify
Google Play

Source: variety.com

'FREE THE WILD' CHARITY LAUNCH IN LONDON

Posted by: Twins 18.07.2018

 

 

The legendary singer has made her return to film in the big-budget musical Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
And Cher worked a rock chick outfit as she continued to promote the much-anticipated sequel by hosting her own screening of the film in London on Tuesday night in aid of her animal charity Free The Wild.
The pop icon looked incredible in a shimmering black biker jacket with intricate white embroidery down the sleeves and gold studs along the lapels and belt.
Underneath the jacket, Cher layered a gold netted top over a white cami, and added a long sparkly gold tasselled neck-tie.
She teamed the eye-catching upper half of her outfit with a pair of stretchy black leggings.
Her barbie pink pedicure could be seen through the peep-toe design of her sparkly black stilettos.
Making an impression as her dark locks tumbled around her shoulders, the singer smoldered as she sported rosy-make up and fluttery eyelashes.
The goddess of pop took the time to pose for photographs and sign autographs for her excited fans as she made her way inside.
It was revealed in late 2017 that she would join the cast of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and be on-screen for the first time in over seven years.
Cher, 72, portrays Sophie's previously unseen grandmother Ruby Sheridan, Meryl Streep's reluctant and mean mother.
She made a dramatic entrance in the films most recent trailer by gatecrashing her granddaughter's party.

 
It was reported by The Sun that Cher told her co-stars: 'I was terrified when I first arrived on set, partly because everyone had been working together already, and partly because my character wasn't very liked.'
With international hit-singles including Believe and If I Could Turn Back Time under her belt, fans are eager to hear what ABBA songs the superstar will be singing.
As well as the usual ABBA classics, Cher firstly performs with Andy Garcia from Fernando in a breathtaking duet.
Cher also lends her voice to an ensemble rendition of Super Trouper near the end of the film.
Set ten years after the original, the film follows Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) as she tries to run her mother Donna's (Meryl Streep) villa in Greece whilst pregnant, as she finds out more about her past.
In the film, Lily plays young Donna during her infamous time with her three love interests Sam (Jeremy Irvine), Harry (Hugh Skinner), and Bill (Josh Dylan).
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again 'goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present,' according to Deadline.
The original movie was set on a Greek island where young bride-to-be Sophie discovers that any one of three men - Bill (Stellan Skarsgard), Sam (Pierce Brosnan) or Harry (Colin Firth) could be her father.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is released in UK cinemas on July 20 2018, marking the ten year anniversary of the original film's release.

Source: Daily Mail

CHER TO RELEASE ABBA COVERS ALBUM FOLLOWING 'MAMMA MIA'

Posted by: Twins 17.07.2018

 

 

Cher will be releasing a full album of ABBA covers. The announcement, which she made during the Today Show, follows her role in the sequel film, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, where she plays Ruby, the mother of Donna (Meryl Streep) and Sophie’s (Amanda Seyfried) grandmother.
“After I did ‘Fernando’ [in the movie] I thought it would really be fun to do an album of ABBA songs, so I did,” she told Today.
Though she didn’t provide details on when the LP would be released, the singer revealed that she didn’t take a straightforward approach to her renditions. “It’s not what you would think of when you think of ABBA, ’cause I did it in a different way,” she explained.
Discussing her role with Kathie Lee Gifford on Today, Gifford brought up that it was “interesting” that Cher would portray Streep’s mother (Cher is only three years her senior). “This was one of the most extraordinary adventures of my life,” Cher said. “Everyone was so gracious and they just loved me and Meryl was hiding when I was doing ‘Fernando.'”
In the film, Cher and Andy Garcia perform a dramatic cover of ABBA’s “Fernando.”
“I was a huge fan, I saw the musical on Broadway three times and was dancing in the aisles with everybody,” Cher cited as one of the reasons she wanted to take on the role. The star herself is also the subject of the Broadway musical The Cher Show. Cher added that she loves the film because “it shows women being in control of their life.”

Watch video from Today interview here.

Source: Rolling Stone

MAMMA MIA 2 WORLD PREMIERE IN LONDON, UK

Posted by: Twins 17.07.2018

 

 

Meryl Streep thinks Cher 'steals' the show in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
The 69-year-old actress has reprised her role as Donna Sheridan in the musical sequel but she has admitted the legendary singer, who plays her mother Ruby, was the one who had all eyes on her, especially when she started singing the ABBA hit Fernando.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, Streep said: 'It was fantastic. I came on the set the day that she sang Fernando. That was my first day... And she just lifted the lid off the place! I mean, she steals the movie!
Streep then joked that the 72-year-old singer 'appropriately' plays her mother in the movie because she's 'lived longer' than her - despite only being three years older.
She quipped: 'She's lived a much longer life than I have.'
The pair previously worked together on the 1983 drama Silkwood and, although this is the first time since then that they have starred alongside one another, Cher felt more relaxed knowing that she'd have the actress on hand to help her.
She explained: 'We've stayed friends all these years. I cannot believe that, but [Silkwood] was my first film, and she helped me.
'I mean, she was unbelievable, because I had no idea what I was doing. It's great to see her [again].'


Although Cher was a big fan of ABBA - whose music soundtracks the movie - before she started work on the film, she recently admitted that she hadn't appreciated how 'complicated' the songs were until she started singing herself.
Speaking at a press conference in London alongside co-stars including Lily James and Amanda Seyfried, she told BANG Showbiz: 'In America we knew the hit songs, but then when I heard Fernando I heard a different thing.
'I heard the acting of it and I didn't realise the songs were so complicated and I didn't realise how orchestrated and produced they were.'
On Monday, Streep looked stunning in blue at the premiere of the film. She was seen kissing Cher on the lips at the event.

Source: Daily Mail

MAMMA MIA 2 PRESS CONFERENCE IN LONDON

Posted by: Twins 15.07.2018

 

 

There was something in the air that night… or certainly today, when the huge assembly of cast members of Mamma Mia 2 (subtitled: Here We Go Again) gave not one, but TWO press conferences to talk about the much anticipated new musical.
It was ten years ago when the greatest ABBA songs gave Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan and an all star cast the greatest movie musical of all time. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is the ABBA-inspired sequel complete with Dancing Queens and Kings aplenty including Amanda Seyfried, Dominic Cooper returning as the star-crossed warblers, along with Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgard, Julie Walters, Celia Imrie. Newcomers including Jeremy Irvine, Lily James and only flipping living legend herself – Cher!
Joining the cast for two UK press conferences were Andy Garcia, Hugh Skinner, Christine Baranski, Jessica Keenan Wynn and Alexa Davis. The story is by Richard Curtis, it was written and directed by Ol Parker, based on Judy Craymer and Catherine Johnson’s original musical and, of course the music of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad of ABBA.
In this sequel to Mamma Mia!, Sophie learns about her mother’s past while pregnant herself. Discover Donna’s (Meryl Streep, Lily James) young life, experiencing the fun she had with the three possible dads of Sophie (Amanda Seyfriend). Sophie is now pregnant. Like Donna, she’ll be a young mother, and she realizes that she’ll need to take risks like her mother did.
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is released in the UK on the 20th of July.

Watch video from press conference here.

Source: www.heyuguys.com

ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT INTERVIEW WITH CHER AND MERYL STREEP

Posted by: Twins 26.06.2018

 

 

'Mamma Mia 2' promotion continues. Cher and Meryl Streep were interviewed by Entertainment Tonight during the filming of the Mamma Mia sequel which brought big stars back together on the big screen.

Watch the interview on the Entertainment Tonight.

CHER PROMOTING 'MAMMA MIA 2' ON THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW

Posted by: Twins 24.06.2018

 

 
She's often referred to as the Goddess Of Pop, who is still at the top of her game at the age of 72.
And Cher proved that age is just a number, as she spoke candidly on the Graham Norton Show about playing Meryl Streep's mother in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again despite only having a four-year age gap between them.
In scenes set to air on Friday night's episode, the music icon joked with the show's Irish host about the role: 'I am older than her – by four years! When they asked I said, "That's absolutely fine, that's cool."'
Talking about if she had to be persuaded to take the role, she continued: 'Yes. But, my agent called me and said, "You're in the new Mamma Mia film" and then hung up. I didn't have much choice!'
Set ten years after the original, the film follows Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) as she tries to run her mother Donna's (Streep) villa in Greece whilst pregnant, as she finds out more about her past.
In the sequel Cher plays Ruby Sheridan, Sophie's grandmother and Donna's mother who was out of the picture until she appears uninvited at the villa.
Cher is set to put her own spin on Abba's hit Fernando, and her version of the song was released on Friday to coincide with the announcement that the film's soundtrack is available for pre-order via Polydor Records.
The album will be released on July 13, but Cher's song is available immediately after pre-order as well as Lily James' rendition of Waterloo, and When I Kissed The Teacher.
Cher's Mamma Mia co-star Christine Baranski, 66, also appeared on the talk show, and said: 'We had so much fun. Everyone had been waiting for the sequel. 10 years on, they've got it so right and we were all so happy.'
Moving on from the sequel, Graham then asked the singing sensation if she had seen the musical about her life: The Cher Show.
Cher said candidly: 'I have seen a piece of it and will see it all in Chicago.
'It was a bit nerve-wracking to see so many personal things portrayed that you thought was a good idea to talk about once but, to see it on stage, you just want to stick needles in your eyes.'
As well as taking on Abba's discography in the film, Cher is also busy with her own music career as she admitted to 'working on' a new album while continuing to tour around the world.
Of her decision to keep performing on stage, the Believe singer said: 'Who knew I would be touring at my age.
'No one expects to be working at 72 and I didn't think I'd be doing it,' before she said of when she might stop: 'I don't have a number in my head.'
Cher was joined on the Graham Norton Show by co-star Christine, Rupert Everett, Natalie Dormer and Tom Odell.
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! 'goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present,' according to Deadline.
The original movie was set on a Greek island where young bride-to-be Sophie discovers that any one of three men - Bill (Stellan Skarsgard), Sam (Pierce Brosnan) or Harry (Colin Firth) could be her father.

Watch Cher's appearance on The Late Late Show on youtube.

Source: Daily Mail

CHER PLAYS 'SPILL YOUR GUTS' ON 'THE LATE LATE SHOW' WITH JAMES CORDEN

Posted by: Twins 24.06.2018

 

 
On Tuesday night (June 19), Cher graced The Late Late Show with James Corden with her presence during #LateLateLondon week -- and then ate a caterpillar.
The 72-year old music icon joined in on a not-so-delicious game of "Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts" with host James Corden, in which both took turns choosing whether to answer potentially embarrassing questions with juicy details or eat things that most people would never want on their plate.
"Cher, you said Tom Cruise is one of your five favorite lovers," said Corden, quickly getting to the good stuff. "Who are the other four?"
Cher immediately shrieked, laughed, and chose to eat a dried caterpillar instead.
Tom Cruise wasn't the only thing Corden wanted Cher to open about. During their interview, the singer was asked about her long running friendship with Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again! costar Meryl Streep and the time that they saved a woman in New York City from being assaulted.
On an ice cream run 1983, Meryl and Cher saw a man ripping the clothes off of a woman and immediately stepped in by yelling and screaming at the man.
"Meryl starts screaming and I start screaming and we run towards this gigantic man and he turns and starts running towards us," the star recalled. "We split and he ran through us and we ran up to the girl. All of her clothes were torn and she was clutching her bag. So we're putting her together, kind of trying to get her to look a little bit, you know, like she hasn't just been ravaged, and she looks at us and goes, 'Oh my God! I've just been saved by Meryl Streep and Cher! I'm an actress and I work in a cafe where we sing and all my friends are going to be so jealous!'
Watch Cher's appearance on The Late Late Show on youtube.

Source: Billboard

'THE CHER SHOW' MUSICAL TRACES THE LIFE OF A MULTIFACETED POP MUSIC ICON

Posted by: Twins 23.06.2018

 

 

Long before she yearned to turn back time, Cher was moving to the beat of a very different generation.
In the 1960s, a 16-year-old raven-haired, brown-eyed beauty, with a voice that could shake the rafters of an arena to the core, first appeared on the folk/rock music scene. She was accompanied by her singing partner, a mop-topped hippie named Sonny Bono with a penchant for writing catchy hit tunes and wearing fur vests.
The 30 years that followed were light years away on every level from the setting of Cher’s iconic 1989 music video “If I Could Turn Back Time,” filmed aboard the USS Missouri battleship. Rolling Stone listed the video among its 30 Sexiest Videos of All Time. If you’ve never watched it, take a YouTube look. Her “surprise” costume was deemed too inappropriate at the time even by MTV, which at first banned the hit and then aired it only after 9 p.m. And as her lifelong costumer Bob Mackie recently mused (emphasizing that he never approved of said costume), “There she is with, you know, 2,000 sailors on this ship and her 12-year-old son [Elijah Blue Allman] playing the guitar in the background, and his mother running around with her whole backside showing.”
But that’s the middle of the story.
Before and after, there were marriages and divorces, TV shows, Las Vegas gigs, endless recording sessions, the birth of a daughter, the birth of a son, movies and a cavalcade of hits for the onetime Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere from El Centro, California, who transformed herself into a pop culture icon and savvy businesswoman/activist with a singular voice and name as distinct as they come.
Enter “The Cher Show,” the Broadway-bound musical getting its world premiere in Chicago at the Oriental Theatre. With a book by Tony Award winner Rick Elice (“Jersey Boys”), orchestrations and arrangements by Daryl Waters (“Memphis”), choreography by Tony winner Christopher Gattelli (“Newsies”) and direction by Jason Moore (Tony winner for “Avenue Q”), the stage musical takes a look at the life and times (and costumes) of Cher, pulling together the chameleonlike facets that comprise the Grammy and Oscar winner’s life.
While Cher’s marriage to Bono in 1964 (they originally met when she was 16 and he was the 27-year-old assistant to legendary record producer/career maker Phil Spector) probably started out good, it quickly turned sour and would end in divorce after 11 years. But their impact on pop culture would touch generations of fans. Their primetime variety series, “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour,” was a massive hit with television audiences, who came to love the couple who seemed blissfully in love. She made fun of his height, he poked fun at her nose. The laughs were endless.
“Sonny and Cher were like members of our family. They made our family life more fun,” said “The Cher Show” producer Jeffrey Seller, who is also the producer of “Hamilton” (playing a few blocks away at the CIBC Theatre), which tells the tale of, well, another iconic American.
“Who ever thought you could put Hamilton and Cher in the same sentence,” Seller said amid hearty laughter. “America would not be the same were it not for Alexander Hamilton and Cher. And that is inarguably true. … People who are tenacious often are people who change the world. Alexander Hamilton unquestionably changed the world, and I think Cher, over the past 50-plus years, has absolutely changed the world.”
Behind the scenes, the marriage and the Bonos’ professional relationship were destructively volatile.
While Sonny would ultimately leave show biz for politics — he was mayor of Palm Springs and later elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Cher followed her heart, hosting an eponymous variety show at one point (later replaced with a “reunion series” featuring Cher and Bono once again), and continuing to make music. At the age of 72, she’s still touring and rocking those Bob Mackie costumes.
The beat really does go on.
In the stage musical, Cher is portrayed by three actresses at three distinct stages of her life: Newcomer Micaela Diamond stars as “Babe,” Broadway veteran Teal Wicks stars as “Lady” and Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block (familiar to Chicago audiences for her portrayal of Elphaba in “Wicked”) portrays “Star.” Elice conceived the notion of having the three “Chers” on stage throughout the show, so that the trio could “converse and perform” with each other as needed, to create a singular but multifaceted character.
“The idea of presenting Cher as a girl group was fascinating to me as a writer,” Elice said. “You could have one of them argue with the other two, take sides against someone else, show how the three of them could support each other and evolve together over the course of the show. So, it’s not the cinema’s solution of here’s the young one, here’s the middle one, here’s the old one. They’re on all the time together so that we see sort of a refracted image of a personality onstage, which struck me as being a great way into a life that is so varied.”
“[The young ‘Babe’ Cher] is fearless but yet vulnerable and optimistic,” Block said of Elice’s unique character concept. “[Midlife ‘Star’ Cher] is confidence and poise. And I’m [as Lady] the wisdom of it all. I think the audience will really be taken aback that it’s not the young one who passes the torch to Lady who passes the torch to Star. We kind of liken it to a Russian nesting doll: There is the one doll, and then you open up and there’s the second and then the third. But yet when you put them all together it makes a complete Cher. And we’re hoping the audience really grasps and takes a hold of that because it’s not only theatrical but it’s very special and moving. … It’s this gorgeous, theatrical Cher therapy session.”
The three-actress approach allows for distinct Cher perspectives to surface.
“I didn’t realize how funny she was,” said Teal. “Her sense of comedy, even before it was refined, the silliness in the skits that [she and Sonny] would do [on their TV series], the dynamic between her and Sonny, I LOVE that. … Going back and listening to the songs and just falling in love with them: The more I listened to them the more I adore that voice. It’s so rich and has so many nuances. Starting out so young she didn’t know what she was doing, but the rock star/pop star was just innate in her. Her musicality and those nuances are so specific. It’s what made the songs hits.”
Fear not, the show is filled with the hits (nearly 30 of them) — everything from Sonny & Cher’s “Baby Don’t Go” to Cher’s biggest solo turns. Most are presented on familiar terms, while others have been re-orchestrated out of necessity.
“I always try and start to make sure I’m respecting the material to make sure we maintain the essence of the material,” Waters said of the musical’s score. “From there it’s a matter of finding a way to theatricalize and dramatize the material better, in terms of just underscoring emotion. Sometimes we come very close to the original recordings, such as ‘I’ve Got You Babe,’ and sometimes we’re straying pretty far away, like on ‘Strong Enough.’”
What did Waters discover about Sonny Bono the songwriter? “He obviously had his pulse on something,” Waters said of the Detroit-born Salvatore “Sonny” Bono, who died in 1998 from injuries suffered during a skiing accident in Nevada. “A lot of times it’s the simpler material that rings true because it’s not a lot of fancy bells and whistles going on behind it. Something like ‘Baby Don’t Go’ is a really simple tune, but by the time we get finished using it in the show it’s almost a heartbreaker.”
And what did he discover about Cher’s instantly recognizable vocals?
“The thing most interesting was the fact that she was such a rocker. I knew the pop stuff, the club stuff, but I didn’t know she had this huge rock background. She had a period where she was doing albums that were pure rock.”
Ironically, most of the show’s team and cast has either not met Cher or met her only briefly, though she has been extremely hands-on throughout the production process. (There is no word about her even attending opening night June 28.)
“Most of what I’ve heard about what she wants has come through Rick [Elice] and Jason [Moore],” Waters said. “And she trusts those guys; she’s worked with them a lot. So, it’s basically from God’s ears — me getting [Cher’s input] from them.”

Source: Chicago Sun Times

 

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