The Cher Show (musical)
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, in June 12, 2018, and opened on Broadway in December 2018.
|The Cher Show|
Opening Night Broadway Playbill
|Premiere||June 12, 2018Oriental Theatre, Chicago, Illinois:|
The Cher Show made its world premiere at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago, Illinois on June 12, 2018, officially on June 28 and was scheduled to run until July 15. The final performance experienced technical difficulties and forced the show to close one day early, on July 14, 2018.  Following its Chicago run, the musical opened on Broadway on November 1, 2018 in previews, and officially 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 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 "All I Really Want to Do", "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/Artie||Michael Berresse|
|Rob Camilletti/Lee||Michael Campayno|
|Gregg Allman/John Southall||Matthew Hydzik|
|Georgia Holt/Lucille Ball||Emily Skinner|
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