The Cher Show announces Broadway closing date
The celebrated bio-musical will play its final performance at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre on August 18, 2019.
Don't be left wishing you could turn back time! Get yourselves down to the Neil Simon Theatre this summer because producers of the Broadway premiere of The Cher Show, featuring a Tony Award-winning performance by Stephanie J. Block, have posted a closure notice for August 18, 2019. Upon closing, the bio-musical will have played a total of 34 previews and 296 regular performances and the show's First National Tour is scheduled to launch in Rochester, NY in October 2020.
Producer Flody Suarez commented: “Telling Cher’s life story on Broadway has been a joy. Watching audiences relive her empowering story through six decades worth of iconic songs, movies, costumes and relationships has been incredible. We look forward to taking this inspiring message on the road next year. We are incredibly thankful to this brilliant cast and crew.”
The Cher Show began previews at the Neil Simon Theatre on November 1, 2018, ahead of an official opening on December 3.
Featuring Cher's greatest hits (including “I Got You Babe,” “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” “Take Me Home,” “Believe,” “If I Could Turn Back Time,” and many more) and a book by three-time Tony Award nominee Rick Elice, The Cher Show is choreographed by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli and features orchestrations, arrangements and musical supervision by Tony Award winner Daryl Waters.
Synopsis: "The Cher Show is based on the life of Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere Bono Allman or as her friends call her, Cher! The kid on a tricycle, vowing to be famous. The teenage phenom who crashes by twenty. The glam TV star who quits at the top. The would-be actress with an Oscar. The rock goddess with a hundred million records sold. The legend who's done it all, still scared to walk on stage. The wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. The woman, looking for love. The ultimate survivor, chasing her dream. They're all here, dressed to kill, singing their asses off, telling it like it is. And they're all the star of The Cher Show."
The principal cast includes Tony Award winner Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks and Micaela Diamond (all portraying Cher at various stages of her career), alongside Tony Award nominee Jarrod Spector (as Sonny Bono), Tony Award nominee Michael Berresse (as Bob Mackie), Michael Campayno (as Rob Camilletti), Matthew Hydzik (as Gregg Allman), and Tony Award nominee Emily Skinner (as Georgia Holt).
Under the direction of Tony Award nominee Jason Moore, the creative team also features Tony Award-winning costumes from legendary designer and longtime Cher collaborator Bob Mackie, as well as scenic design by Tony Award winner Christine Jones and Brett Banakis, lighting design by Kevin Adams, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, and video design by Darrel Maloney.
Cher's life certainly has enough drama to fill a bio-musical, charting her rise from a backup singer in Los Angeles where she met Sonny Bono in 1962 and created "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour". Their marriage ended in divorce in 1975 and Cher went on to prove her solo status as a singer and an actress. She appeared on Broadway in the 1982 production of Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, before crossing over to Hollywood with films such as "Silkwood" and "Moonstruck," for which she won an Oscar in 1988.
The pre-Broadway world premiere of The Cher Show was staged this past summer at Chicago's Oriental Theatre from June 12 to July 15, 2018.
The Cher Show is produced on Broadway by Flody Suarez and Jeffrey Seller.
The Cher Show Tickets are available now for performances through August 18, 2019.
(Photo by Joan Marcus)