Pop star, Academy Award-winning actress and emoji hero Cher is being honored with a musical about her life. The accompanying songs will be the music of Cher. The actresses (three of them) will all play Cher. It’s called the The Cher Show, and the setting for the show is Cher’s own mind. The musical is based on a series of interviews that its writer, Rick Elice (of Jersey Boys), conducted with Cher. Cher’s on board, we’re all on board, get on board.
The show was first announced in June, but now it has a name, a performance schedule, and a more detailed press release.
Elice described his vision for the musical in an interview with the New York Times on Thursday:
“‘The Cher Show’ is not linear, and it is entirely psychological—it takes place in her psychological closet, and in that closet is everything she’s ever been in her life—everything she has ever played, every song she’s sung, everyone she’s been married to, every pair of shoes she’s worn, every success and every failure.”
Cher indicated in a statement released Thursday that she’s collaborated on the show, or at least the concept of it, for a long time, saying, “We have been discussing this musical for 10 years…. It’s exciting and scary.”
Who else is involved in this production? Well, Variety reports that Jason Moore of Avenue Q will direct, Christopher Gattelli will choreograph, and Daryl Waters is in charge of orchestration. It’s got Jeffrey Seller, a producer of a little show called Hamilton, behind it as well (Flody Suarez is also producing).
The Cher Show is slated to open in Chicago on June 12 before moving to Broadway next fall.