The Cher Show, the new Broadway bio-musical about the Grammy- and Oscar-winning entertainer, will receive an October 2–29 lab presentation ahead of a planned 2018 Broadway arrival.
Featuring a score of Cher hits including “I Got You Babe,” “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” “Take Me Home,” “Believe,” and “If I Could Turn Back Time,” among others, the musical’s book is by Tony Award-winning librettist Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher). Tony winner Daryl Waters is musical supervisor.
The Cher Show is directed by Avenue Q and Pitch Perfect’s Jason Moore, with choreography by Tony Award winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies, South Pacific). Flody Suarez and Hamilton’s Jeffrey Seller are producing the project.
The creative team is currently casting for the role of “Babe,” who represents Cher at the early stage of her life, and is one of several incarnations of the pop icon depicted in the musical.
The character is described as being “fiercely independent, but insecure about her looks, being ‘different,’ being challenged from dyslexia. Anxious to ‘get up and get out,’ to sing, to act, to be somebody. Determined to be famous, drawn to Hollywood and the movies. Surrounded by women as a girl; searching for a father figure, then eager for romantic encounters as a teen. Seeing Sonny the first time is her ‘Romeo and Juliet moment’” according to a casting breakdown.
As previously reported, the musical will also depict “Lady” and “Star,” who “represent Cher at different moments of her life—starting as a teenager who falls for Sonny Bono (BABE), a successful music star navigating the challenges of the entertainment industry (LADY) and the lady we know today with a fascinating wealth of life experience, successes, and failures (STAR). Aside from Babe, Lady, Star, Sonny Bono, and Georgia, other roles may be paired together to have the actors double or triple up on the roles.”
On June 6, 2017, Cher tweeted “Just got off [the] phone with writer and director of [the] musical. There will [be] performance in [the] theatre with actors, dancers, singers! It'll [be] on Broadway 2018.”