Cher has always carefully chosen her collaborators, and the much-anticipated upcoming musical of her life (aptly titled The Cher Show) is no exception. Today she announced the heavy-hitters who will be joining her design team.
Tony-winning set designer Christine Jones (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, American Idiot), set designer Brett Banakis (The Glass Menagerie), Tony-winning lighting designer Kevin Adams (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, American Idiot) and sound designer Nevin Steinberg (Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen) are all attached to bring the “Dark Lady” and her life story to The Great White Way.
That’s not the whole crew, though. For an added bit of glittering nostalgia, the iconic Bob Mackie is also on board. Mackie helped define the signature Cher look of various eras.
Mackie has designed this below sketch of the three Chers, each representing Cher at different stages of her life. This sketch is also our first glimpse of the show’s costume design.
The Cher Show is set to have its pre-Broadway world premiere in Chicago this June, followed by a Broadway debut in the fall.
The new bio-musical features a book by Rick Elice (the man behind the Tony-winning best musical Jersey Boys), direction by Jason Moore (who won a Tony for Avenue Q), choreography by Tony-winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies) and orchestrations, arrangements and musical supervision by Tony-winner Daryl Waters (Memphis). The musical is produced by Flody Suarez (What’s New Pussycat) and four-time Tony-winner Jeffrey Seller (Hamilton).
The Cher Show will detail the life of Cherilyn Sarkisian Lapiere Bono Allman (whew!) who the world now knows (thankfully) as Cher.
We will get to see Cher in various states of her life, from the young girl Sonny Bono guided to stardom to the woman who finally learns to stand on her own, and finally the entertainment icon who is still showing us all how to, ahem, believe.
The Cher Show kicks off at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) on June 12, 2018, for a limited engagement through July 15, 2018. Individual tickets will go on sale Friday, March 23. Casting will be announced at a later date.