The Cher Show!
- By Kenne Hoffman
Often in film and on stage, icons are celebrated long after their deaths – their impacts recognized much later. The Cher Show, a new Broadway sensation, celebrates five decades of music, film, and fashion – the multifaceted talents of the legendary Cher. The jukebox musical, now playing at the Neil Simon Theatre, is overflowing with music and memories from Cher’s remarkable career. The story of the early life and career of Cherilyn Sarkisian shows her breaking through barriers, pushing boundaries, and allowing nothing to stand in her way.
Thirty-five smash hits, five decades of stardom, two rock star husbands, and enough Bob Mackie gowns to cause a sequin shortage in New York City! Cher’s life and career are packed with so much success The Cher Show takes three women to play her. Micaela Diamond (NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar) as Babe, the starry-eyed kid. Teal Wicks (Finding Neverland, Wicked) as Lady, the Icon. And Tony Award-nominated SoCal native Stephanie J. Block (The Boy from Oz, Falsettos) as Star, the glam pop star version of Cher. Other recent bio musicals such as Summer: The Donna Summer Musical have split the starring role between performers but The Cher Show features more interaction between the avatars, who share the stage for extended periods of time, trade verses and choruses of songs, banter with each other, and of course poke affectionate fun at Sonny Bono (Jersey Boys’ Jarrod Spector).
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