Tuesday 19 February 2019

'It needs work' - Cher checked out previews of The Cher Show and had the most Cher response ever

Cher on The Graham Norton Show (Isabel Infantes/PA)
Cher on The Graham Norton Show (Isabel Infantes/PA)

Bang Showbiz

Cher thinks a Broadway musical based on her life "needs work".

The 'Believe' hitmaker spent time in Chicago last week to check out preview performances of 'The Cher Show' before it relocates to New York and though she was impressed by a lot of what she saw, she's asked the production team to make some changes.

She told the Chicago Tribune newspaper: "Some parts of it are really fabulous.

"We're going to work on the other parts. In many parts, it was much, much better than I thought it would be. And there were no parts where I wanted to gouge my eyes out.

"It needs work. I'm not supposed to say that but I don't care. But you know, I was really very surprised by how close to real these people feel. Some of the boys are so on the mark, it's creepy."

Cher explained there were parts of the show where her mind started "wandering" so she suggested some changes to director Jason Moore with whom sat at the previews.

She added: "There are lines in the show that sound like quotes but aren't quite right.

"I've been telling him the real quotes. I have a lot to say.

"And I am pushing them to do three dance songs in a concert-style way at the end, a bit like they do in 'Mamma Mia.' I think the audience would like that."

The 72-year-old star admitted she is very "critical" and hard to impress, but she was very impressed by those who have key roles in the production.

She said: "I am the most critical person who ever drew breath," she said. "If they can impress me, they're doing good. The girls who play me have so much to do.

"The lady who plays my mom is great. That's a very important part. It starts the whole tenor of the project: How my mom treated me as a child.

"That is why I am how I am who I am now."

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