Do you believe in musicals before Broadway?
The Cher Show, the new Broadway-bound jukebox bio-musical chronicling the life and career of Cher, opened this week at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre.
Presumably because the show is expected to change significantly before reaching New York this fall, only one official production photo has been released from the pre-Broadway engagement. The photo features stars Teal Wicks, Micaela Diamond, and Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block, who play the multihyphenate at three different stages in her illustrious life and career.
Directed by Tony nominee Jason Moore and choreographed by Tony winner Christopher Gattelli, The Cher Show features a book by Tony winner Rick Elice and costumes by legendary designer Bob Mackie, who has famously collaborated with Cher since 1967.
The reviews are in. The Cher Show “works on nearly every level,” raves the Chicago Sun Times. The musical “sings but doesn’t soar,” says Variety. The Chicago Tribune calls it “far-from-finished” but highlights the costumes as “a sheer delight.”
Cher herself visited the show during previews and filed her own review: “It needs work,” said the 72-year-old icon. “Some parts of it are really fabulous. We’re going to work on the other parts.”
The cast also includes Tony nominee Michael Berresse as Mackie, Tony nominee Jarrod Spector as Sonny Bono, and Tony nominee Emily Skinner as Cher’s mother, Georgia Holt.
The Cher Show runs through July 15 at the Oriental Theatre. The musical transfers to Broadway November 1 and opens December 3 at the Neil Simon Theatre.
See more photos of the cast from Chicago’s opening night curtain call below.