Here comes Cher. And Cher. And Cher.
A new musical using Cher’s songs to tell her story — with three actresses playing different aspects of her life — is heading for Broadway.
“The Cher Show” will play first in Chicago, beginning performances June 12 at the Oriental Theater and running for five weeks. It will then transfer to the Neil Simon Theater on Broadway, opening next fall, the producers, Flody Suarez and Jeffrey Seller, said.
“We have been discussing this musical for 10 years,” Cher said in a statement. “It’s exciting and scary.”
The musical has an unusual approach: It will be structured like a variety show, nodding to “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour,” which helped propel her to celebrity in the 1970s. The show currently features all or part of 35 to 40 of Cher’s best known songs.
“ ‘The Cher Show’ is not linear, and it is entirely psychological — 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,” said Rick Elice, who is writing the show’s book.
The show is informed by a series of interviews Elice has conducted with Cher. And Cher has been deeply involved in the show’s development, including reading scripts and coming to workshops.