The Cher Show

The Cher Show

Tickets are on sale now to experience The Cher Show at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway.

After much anticipation, the brand new musical based on the life and career of Grammy and Oscar-winning pop icon Cher has officially opened on Broadway! Performances began at the Neil Simon Theatre on November 1, 2018, ahead of an official opening on December 3, following the world premiere pre-Broadway engagement at Chicago's Oriental Theatre from June 12 to July 15, 2018.

Directed by Tony Award nominee Jason Moore ("Avenue Q") and featuring a book by three-time Tony Award nominee Rick Elice ("Jersey Boys"), the musical is jam-packed with Cher's back catelogue of greatest hits, which span multiple decades and include the likes of “I Got You Babe,” “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” “If I Could Turn Back Time,” and “Believe”.

To play an icon like Cher, the creative team have drafted not one, not two, but three fabulously talented ladies to portray the pop diva in various stages of her career. All three are nicknamed to mark their point of the journey with the youngest version (originated by Micaela Diamond) going by the name of 'Babe' who then passes the torch to 'Lady' (Teal Wicks) and finally we have the perhaps career-defining portrayal by one Stephanie J. Block. Appropriately her version of Cher is nicknamed 'Star' and for good reason. Just like the real thing, Ms. Block is exuding star quality from her very first entrance (surrounded by sailors and wearing a very recognizable black outfit) right through to the curtain call. She truly is a Star... Somebody hand this woman a Tony Award!

Indeed, all three leading actresses have mastered the unmistakable contralto vocals, nonchalant charisma, mannerisms and determined spirit of Cher, as they guide us through her life story, constantly breaking the fourth wall, as well as interacting with each other in a reflective and almost therapeutic fashion. The score is divided amongst them to appropriately accentuate key moments in Cher's story, with emphasis on utilising songs to further the narrative (as if written entirely anew for the purpose of the musical) or give us some emotional insight, rather than strictly sticking to the chronological order of when each hit was released.

There's also some solid back-up from the various contributors and supporting players, led by Sonny Bono (originated by Jarrod Spector), amusingly high-pitched and a three-dimensional character, who more than deserves his generous chapters in the musical, as well as her mother, Georgia Holt (Emily Skinner), second husband and rock-musician Gregg Allman (Matthew Hydzik) and longtime collaborator and costume designer extraordinaire Bob Mackie (Michael Berresse). In fact, in a creative coup, the latter also serves as the costume designer for The Cher Show and the Bob Mackie sequence, showcasing his most imaginitively wild Cher creations, is perhaps the most fabulously camp and outrageously extravagant sequence on Broadway today.

Through her trials and tribulations, her rises and falls in the industry and her determination to break free from the shackles of being a commodity in a male-dominated world to taking control of her own destiny, there is plenty of fodder for a bio-musical. Even those who might not consider themselves Cher aficionados are sure to find The Cher Show appealing in one way or another. And for the hardcore fans, you will be left wanting to turn back time again and again to experience anew your first trip to this glittering and sensational musical.

Nothing left to say but... Let's do this, bitches!

(Photos by Joan Marcus)

Running time: 
2hrs 30mins (including 1 intermission)
Categories: 
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About The Cher Show:

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.

Stephanie J. Block
Stephanie J. Block
as Star

until 13 Oct 2019

By:
Rick Elice
Producer:
Flody Suarez and Jeffrey Seller
Director:
Jason Moore
Songs by:
Cher
Lighting:
Kevin Adams
Sound:
Nevin Steinberg
Design:
Christine Jones & Brett Banakis
Choreography:
Christopher Gattelli
Costume:
Bob Mackie
Cast list:
Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks and Micaela Diamond (as Cher at various stages of her life), alongside Jarrod Spector (as Sonny Bono), Michael Berresse (as Bob Mackie), Michael Campayno (as Rob Camilletti), Matthew Hydzik (as Gregg Allman), and Emily Skinner (as Georgia Holt)
Other info:
Orchestrations, Arrangements & Musical Supervision by Daryl Waters and Video Design by Darrel Maloney
The Cher Show Performance Dates & Times
Previews from: 
November 1, 2018
Opening date: 
December 3, 2018
Booking to: 
October 13, 2019
MatineeEvening
Monday--
Tuesday-7pm
Wednesday2pm8pm
Thursday-7pm
Friday-8pm
Saturday2pm8pm
Sunday3pm-

Performance schedules for all shows are subject to change.

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Address:
250 West 52nd Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY 10019
Nearest subway station:
50th Street station

Latest The Cher Show News & Features

Stephanie J. Block in The Cher Show
Official Broadway production photos of The Cher Show released
December 1, 2018

Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves... and brand new production photos! Check out the shots of the Broadway premiere of The Cher Show, directed by Tony Award nominee Jason Moore, which began previews at the Neil Simon Theatre on November 1 and is set for an official opening this Monday night, December 3, 2018.

Teal Wicks, Stephanie J. Block & Micaela Diamond in The Cher Show
The Cher Show, starring Stephanie J. Block, begins performances on Broadway
November 1, 2018

Believe, folks! It's finally here... The Broadway premiere of The Cher Show, directed by Tony Award nominee Jason Moore, begins previews at the Neil Simon Theatre tonight, ahead of an official opening on December 3, 2018.

Our Review

Take three parts Cher, stir in equal parts Sonny Bono, Bob Mackie and Gregg Allman, set it on fire and stand back. In the chemistry class that is The Cher Show at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre, this brazen experiment in jukebox musicality renders unstable results, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The production radiates, providing thrills when you least expect it, and setting off a slew... Read more