Here’s What Cher Thinks of the Broadway Musical Based on Her Life
The life of Cher will be featured in a new Broadway musical – using the pop diva’s songs to tell her story – with three actresses portraying her during different times in her life. The Cher Show will span over the six-decade career of the singer and actress.
The musical opens on Broadway in fall of 2018 at the Neil Simon Theatre, according to producers Flody Suarez and Jeffrey Seller. Prior to its Broadway opening, the show’s world premiere will take place at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre, running from June 12 through July 15, 2018.
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“My life as a musical on Broadway,” the Goddess of Pop said in a statement. “It seems crazy, exciting, and bizarre – but that’s probably how my life seems to most people.”
Rather than following a linear format, the musical will be structured like a variety show, similar to The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour from the 1970s. Featured will be 35 to 40 of the pop star’s songs.
“We have been discussing this musical for 10 years,” Cher said in her statement. “It’s exciting and scary.”
The synopsis provided for the production, as listed on Mashable, reads as follows:
“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 Cher Show will be directed by Jason Moore, choreographed by Christopher Gattelli, with music supervised and arranged by Daryl Waters, with a book by Rick Elice.
The show “takes place in her psychological closet, and in that closet is everything she’s ever been in her life — everything she has ever played, every song she’s sung, everyone she’s been married to, every pair of shoes she’s worn, every success and every failure,” said Elice.