The design team is now set for the Broadway-bound The Cher Show, exploring the life, career, and music of the entertainment legend. Among the roster is costume designer Bob Mackie, who has collaborated with Cher over the years on myriad iconic looks, dating back to her 1967 appearance on The Carol Burnett Show..
The Jason Moore-helmed production will also feature sets by Tony winner Christine Jones (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and Brett Banakis (The Glass Menagerie), lighting design by Tony winner Kevin Adams (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), and sound designer Nevin Steinberg (Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen).
Cher’s story will first take the stage this summer with a world premiere in Chicago; performances run June 12–July 15 at the Oriental Theatre. The show will then open at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre (currently home to Angels in America) in the fall.
Similar to the conceit of Broadway’s upcoming Donna Summer musical Summer, The Cher Show will feature three women portraying Cher at various stages of her life: “Babe,” “Lady,” and “Star.” Previous developmental presentations included such characters as Mackie himself, Sonny Bono, Cher’s parents, and Sigmund Freud. Casting for the Chicago and Broadway engagements will be announced later.
Check out Mackie's first designs for the show, featuring the three stages of Cher's life to be depicted on stage.