The Cher Show (musical)
|The Cher Show|
Opening Night Broadway Playbill
|Basis||The life and songs of Cher|
|Premiere||June 12, 2018Oriental Theatre, Chicago, Illinois:|
The Cher Show is a jukebox musical with a book by Rick Elice that tells the story of the early life and career of Cher. The musical had its world premiere at the Oriental Theatre, Chicago, on June 12, 2018, and opened on Broadway in December 2018. The Original Cast Album was released on digital platforms on April 12, 2019 and was released to physical CD on May 10, 2019. The Cher Show played its final Broadway performance on August 18, 2019.
The Cher Show made its world premiere at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago, Illinois on June 12, 2018, and officially opened its out of town try-out on June 28 and ran until July 14. The final performance experienced technical difficulties and forced the show to close one day early, on July 14 (Instead of July 15), 2018. Following its Chicago run, the musical began previews on Broadway on November 1, 2018 in previews, and officially opened on December 3, 2018 at the Neil Simon Theatre.
The musical's book is by Rick Elice, direction by Jason Moore, choreography by Christopher Gattelli, and orchestrations, arrangements and musical supervision by Daryl Waters. Cher's longtime costumer Bob Mackie is the costume designer, with set designers Christine Jones and Brett J. Banakis, lighting designer Kevin Adams, and sound designer Nevin Steinberg. The producers of the show are Jeffrey Seller, Flody Suarez and Cher.
The Cher Show ended its run on Broadway on August 18, 2019, having played 34 previews and 296 regular performances. A touring production has been announced to premiere in 2021 after the original launch date of October, 2020 in Rochester, New York was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The musical shows three stages of Cher's life and uses three actresses to portray her: “Babe,” “Lady,” and “Star.” Also portrayed are important people in her life, including Bob Mackie, Sonny Bono, and Cher's parents. The musical includes songs from Cher's performing life, including "I Got You Babe", "The Beat Goes On" and "Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves".
|Character||Workshop (2017)||Chicago (2018)||Broadway (2018)|
|Star||Lesli Margherita||Stephanie J. Block|
|Lady||Lena Hall||Teal Wicks|
|Babe||Jillian Mueller||Micaela Diamond|
|Sonny Bono||Jarrod Spector|
|Bob Mackie/Robert Altman/Frank||N/A||Michael Berresse|
|Rob Camilletti/Lee||Michael Campayno|
|Gregg Allman/John Southall||Matthew Hydzik|
|Georgia Holt/Lucille Ball||Emily Skinner|
† Not featured on Original Broadway Cast Recording
Awards and nominations
Original Broadway production
|2019||Tony Award||Best Actress in a Musical||Stephanie J. Block||Won|
|Best Costume Design of a Musical||Bob Mackie||Won|
|Best Lighting Design of a Musical||Kevin Adams||Nominated|
|Drama Desk Award||Outstanding Actress in a Musical||Stephanie J. Block||Won|
|Outstanding Orchestrations||Daryl Waters||Nominated|
|Outstanding Costume Design for a Musical||Bob Mackie||Won|
|Outstanding Wig and Hair Design||Charles G. LaPointe||Won|
|Drama League Award||Outstanding Production of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Musical||Nominated|
|Distinguished Performance Award||Stephanie J. Block||Nominated|
|Outer Critics Circle Award||Outstanding Actress In a Musical||Won|
|Outstanding Choreographer||Christopher Gattelli||Nominated|
|Outstanding Costume Design (Play or Musical)||Bob Mackie||Won|
|Theatre World Award||Outstanding Debut Performance||Micaela Diamond||Honoree|
|Chita Rivera Award||Ambassadors for the Arts Award||Cher, Flody Squarez, Jeffery Seller||Honorees|
|Outstanding Ensemble in a Broadway Show||Nominated|
|Outstanding Female Dancer in a Broadway Show||Ashley Blair Fitzgerald||Won|
|Artios Award||New York Broadway Theatre - Musical||Bernie Telsey, Patrick Goodwin||Nominated|
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