There is no such thing as “too much Cher”. The goddess of pop has a Grammy, an Oscar, an Emmy, three Golden Globes, a brilliant Twitter account – and, now, a Broadway musical.
New details of the musical, which was originally announced back in June, emerged yesterday, finally giving us a name for the extravaganza. The Cher Show will tell the story of Cher in three different eras – which, of course, calls for three different actors (one of which better be drag artist and Cher impersonator Chad Michaels). From the early folk-rock days of Sonny and Cher to her recent Las Vegas residency, Cher’s five-decade long career provides plenty of material to play with.
Cher – who you’d think would be well versed in the business of show by now – admitted the prospect of a musical is “exciting and scary” and, according to the released statement, the show has been in the works for the last 10 years.
There are two very important things to get right in a musical, particularly one about Cher. First is the music. According to The New York Times, The Cher Show will feature at least 35 to 40 of the pop star's songs, either in parts or the full song. Second are the outfits. Cher has been awarded a special CFDA Fashion Award in the past and her iconic costumes, mostly created by Bob Mackie – who will be making an appearance in the show – are every bit as important as the music.
The Cher Show will be set up as a variety show of sorts and, according to the writer of the show’s book, Rick Elice – who received a Tony Award nomination for his work on Jersey Boys – the musical is “entirely psychological”. “The Cher Show is not linear,” he explained. “It 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.”
Elice isn’t the only Broadway heavyweight working on The Cher Show. It will be produced by Jeffrey Seller, the man responsible for bringing Avenue Q, Rent and the current Broadway production of Hamilton to the stage, and TV producer Flody Suarez. Cher herself is reportedly very involved in the creation of the show, making time to attend workshops and help develop ideas.
The Cher Show will premiere in Chicago next June, before migrating to Broadway later in 2018.