Pre-Broadway tryout: ‘The Cher Show’

Believe:  'The Cher Show' to premiere in Chicago

"The Cher Show” — a fully authorized, bluntly titled, biographically oriented, Broadway-bound musical celebrating the life, works and times of the iconoclastic cultural phenomenon with the Academy Award and the 50-year-plus music career — will premiere next June at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., in Chicago.

Expect to watch a bevy of colorful, real-life, bold-faced characters from Bob Mackie to David Geffen and Robert Altman to Sigmund Freud, not to mention the late Sonny Bono and the late Gregg Allman, both of whom were married to Cher. Worked into the life story of one of the most beloved women in showbiz will be the 71-year-old actress-singer's eclectic catalog of mostly danceable hits: “I Got You Babe,” “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” “Take Me Home,” “Believe,” and “If I Could Turn Back Time."

Three different actresses, of varied ages and yet to be announced, will play the different stages of Cher in the show, which is penned by Rick Elice ("Jersey Boys"). Choreography is by Christopher Gattelli ("Newsies") and direction is by Jason Moore ("Avenue Q"). Cher, by many accounts, has been intensely involved.

"Having my life told in a musical is both exhilarating and terrifying," said Cher, in a statement to the Tribune. "But Rick says that's what makes great theater."

“The Cher Show” — formerly known as "Cher: The Musical" — is lead produced by Flody Suarez and Jeffrey Seller, the producer of "Hamilton." Among the many achievements of the performer born Cherilyn Sarkisian: the selling of over 100 million records, an Academy Award for "Moonstruck," and a 1970s TV show, "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Show," each episode of which attracted an audience of 30 million. In more recent years, she has been known for her enthusiastic embrace of activism and Twitter.

The five-week pre-Broadway engagement in Chicago will be from June 12 to July 15. A Broadway berth at the Neil Simon Theatre will follow in the fall of 2018 (precise dates have yet to be announced). The show will be part of the next Broadway in Chicago series; subscription tickets go on sale Oct. 18. Group tickets are now available. Single tickets are not yet on sale. For more information, visit


Chris Jones

Chris Jones - Chicago Tribune 9/28/17



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