The long-in-development Cher musical has secured an out-of-town tryout and a Broadway home.
The bio-musical, aptly titled The Cher Show, will premiere at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre. The five-week pre-Broadway engagement will begin June 12, 2018 and run through July 15.
The show will then open on Broadway in the fall—as Cher herself revealed in a tweet earlier this year—at the Neil Simon Theatre (currently home to Cats, and soon, a limited run of the National Theatre’s Angels in America).
As previously reported, the musical will feature three actors taking on the role of the Oscar-winning performer at various stages of her life (refereed to in an earlier workshop as “Babe,” “Lady,” and “Star"). Jersey Boys Tony winner Rick Elice will pen the book, which will also showcase the likes of Sonny Bono, Cher's parents, legendary costume designer Bob Mackie, and Sigmund Freud. Up to 40 of the singer's hits will be used to tell her story.
“My life as a musical on Broadway. It seems crazy, exciting, and bizarre,” Cher said in a statement. “But that’s probably how my life seems to most people.”
Casting for the Chicago and Broadway engagements will be announced at a later date; likely following a new, month-log developmental lab presentation scheduled for October.