Running since November 2018 A new jukebox musical that tells the story of the early life and career of music icon Cher, using the songs in her memorable catalog.
From the producers: For six straight decades, only one unstoppable force has flat-out dominated popular culture - breaking down barriers, pushing boundaries, and letting nothing and no one stand in her way. "The Cher Show" is her story, and it’s packed with so much Cher that it takes three women to play her: the kid starting out, the glam pop star and the icon. "The Cher Show" is 35 smash hits, six decades of stardom, two rock-star husbands, a Grammy, an Oscar, an Emmy, and enough Bob Mackie gowns to cause a sequins shortage in New York City, all in one unabashedly fabulous new musical.
Cher gained popularity in 1965 as one-half of the folk rock husband-wife duo Sonny & Cher after their song "I Got You Babe" reached number one on the American and British charts. By the end of 1967, they had sold 40 million records worldwide and had become, according to Time magazine, rock's "it" couple. She became a television personality in the 1970s with her shows "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour," watched by over 30 million viewers weekly during its three-year run, and" Cher." In 1982, Cher made her Broadway debut in the play "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" and starred in its film adaptation. She subsequently earned critical acclaim for her performances in films such as "Silkwood" (1983), "Mask" (1985), and "Moonstruck" (1987), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. Cher has since revived her musical career which yielded several successful singles.
"The Cher Show" had its pre-Broadway tryout at Chicago's Oriental Theatre. Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block ("Falsettos," "Wicked"), Teal Wicks ("Wicked," "Finding Neverland"), and Micaela Diamond (NBC’s recent live "Jesus Christ Superstar") play different incarnations of Cher in the musical. Completing the cast are Tony nominee Jarrod Spector ("Beautiful") as Sonny Bono, Tony nominee Michael Berresse ("Kiss Me, Kate") as Bob Mackie (the real-life Mackie is designing costumes for the show), Tony nominee Emily Skinner ("Side Show," "Prince of Broadway"), Michael Campayno, and Matthew Hydzik.
Cher's characteristic sleepy-eyed drollery is all over "The Cher Show." [The] production unashamedly embraces its abundance of trashy-flashy, tacky vintage-Vegas kitsch. But it's also slyly fabulous and imbued with a plucky feminist spirit that's quite stirring. Mackie's costumes throughout provide an enjoyably over-stimulating wardrobe high. At times, the music choices are incongruous, but mostly you just think, OK, why not? As clunky and exposition-heavy as [the] book often becomes, it's frequently laugh-out-loud funny and always warmly celebratory of its subject.
AM New York
The production proves to be more tolerable than similar star-worship vehicles, though nowhere near as satisfying. Virtually all of the songs identified with Cher's career are somehow or other shoehorned into [the] self-depreciating but wholly sanitized and reverential book. The three lead actresses - who hustle, belt and wisecrack their way through the production - deserve a lot of credit for serviceably recreating Cher's dark, smoky voice and various personas without dipping into caricature.