It's official: Cher is bound for Broadway.
A new musical, based on the life and six-decade career of the iconic singer and actress, will open on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre in fall 2018. Titled The Cher Show, it will have its pre-Broadway world premiere at Chicago's Oriental Theatre, running June 12-July 15.
"My life as a musical on Broadway," commented Cher. "It seems crazy, exciting and bizarre — but that's probably how my life seems to most people."
The Cher Show will be produced by Flody Suarez and Jeffrey Seller (Hamilton), and feature a book by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), direction by Jason Moore (Avenue Q), choreography by Christopher Gattelli (Newsies), and orchestrations, arrangements and musical supervision by Daryl Waters (Memphis).
At the current stage in its development, the musical features all or part of 35-40 of Cher’s best-known songs, and will see three actresses playing the musician at different stages of her life (a similar approach will be employed in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, trying out from Nov. 7 at La Jolla Playhouse, with different actresses playing "Diva Donna," "Disco Donna" and "Duckling Donna").
The Cher Show also won't be structured like a traditional bio-musical, such as Beautiful: The Carole King Musical or the Gloria Estefan-centered On Your Feet. The non-linear show "takes place in its subject's 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," book writer Elice told The New York Times. It will generally be built like a variety show, a la Cher's 1970s series The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.