13 December 2018 – The Cher Show – Neil Simon Theatre, New York
I guess I do not have to tell you that "The Cher Show" is a musical based on the life and songs of Cher ... 😛. After seeing it in concert for the first time this summer « Classic Cher », I thought he still had that I attend one of the performances of the show who has just moved to Broadway. A show which has also been completely reworked from running in Chicago because the audience returns were catastrophic.
The musical takes the same construction as « Summer, The Donna Summer Musical » telling, chronologically, the main stages of the life of Cher with songs from his own repertoire. From the teen to actress, through the TV star ... They are all there! The musical puts forward especially the strength of character of the singer who never left anything get in his way. A brief overview of what awaits you if you enter the doors of the Neil Simon Theater !
Cher is embodied at different ages by three characters : Babe, Lady and Star, involved and interact throughout the show. If the script uses anecdotes heard a thousand times the mouth of the diva, he does it with humor and self-mockery : it's funny, replicas often fly 👍. My only regret is that the last part of his career is so little discussed ... the show is almost finished after the release of "Believe" and ignores many events of his life as the transition Chaz, her transgender son.
With 35 pieces distilled cults throughout the show (in whole or in the form of extracts) : the directory is pretty well exploited! The Americans call it a jukebox musical. Orchestrations are correct in all, even if no version surpasses the original.
Side stage ... OK, is flashy, this is pop, it sparkles from beginning to end ... but what is cheap 😣. And we will return to the inventiveness ... Some tables sometimes give the impression of something out of a drag queen cabaret! Between the plastic palm trees and fig leaf smoke, we do not know where to turn 😂. Two sequences to remember anyway : « Dark Lady », un duo entre Jarrod Spector (Sonny) et Matthew Hydzik (Gregg Allman, second husband of Cher) and the parade with the cult costume Bob Mackie, number ending on a surprising conclusion ... Index : Taurean Everett 😛.
Besides the costumes, let's talk about it. Made entirely by Cher flagship designer himself : the wardrobe is the big highlight of the show. It's wonderfull. All cults are held there, in more or less modern versions ... It's a real pleasure for the eyes!
Regarding the actresses : three are doing pretty well! I find that Stephanie J. Block that embodies the oldest Cher is a little too in imitation. Yet it is the darling of American critics! For me it is the youngest, Micaela Diamond, which is the most interesting : it has a nice stamp without copying all the intonations of Cher. In terms of body language and attitude, Teal Wicks is ringing fairest.
The good news, is that unlike « Summer », supporting roles have an important place in the show! The male cast is really doing well, special mention the abs Jarrod Spector who plays a larger than life Sonny. The feeling goes well between artists, which gives a good momentum in all.
So, you have to go or not 😁? This is clearly not the show of the year, but we must recognize him certain qualities : it's funny, pop and rhythm, in the image of Cher. Frankly, I expected worse. The costumes and repertoire catch some weaknesses show, notably disjointed script and staging of pauper : some sequences are really not worthy of Broadway! I encourage you to go if you are fans, otherwise there is a lot better elsewhere. The best advice I can give you is to keep your money to go and applaud the real Cher on stage : you will avoid snapping a hundred dollars to see ersatz make the horns on "If I Could Turn Back Time" in heels and garter belt 😂. Nothing beats the original non ?
The show marks the end of this summer 2018. I have many ideas in mind for next year and I'm sure there will be some very good surprises. And if you are fans of Cher, join me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as will be found soon on stage for "Here We Go Again Tour" 😛.
Trailer " The Cher Show »