If you’re anything like me (before the show) and know little about Cher, this informative and entertaining new musical is for you! You will discover how she first found fame with Sonny – who became her first husband, her bankruptcy and how she defied the odds to return back to the limelight and the charts again.

Whilst this is a jukebox musical there is a story running throughout the show as the audience are lead through Cher’s career in chronological order.

Confusingly at first there are three versions of Cher that appear on the stage: the young Cher, Babe (Millie O’Connell), the middle version of Cher, Lady (Danielle Steers) and the Cher who is older and wiser, Star (Debbie Kurup). All three actresses have superb singing voices that do sound uncannily like Cher. Initially I was unsure if it would work having three versions of Cher onstage - it did take some getting used to, however they all add to the story.

The three versions are ever present during the evening, either in the leading role or there in the background as like ghosts from the present that reflect on the happenings in Cher’s life at any given time.

One of the first songs the audience hears is If I Could Turn Back Time, transporting everyone back to 1952 as the young Cher gets advice from her mum, Georgia (Tori Scott).

In the fast-paced show you were never more than five minutes away from a Cher song. The action quickly moved to London as Cher appears on Top of the Pops with Sonny (Guy Woolf) when they even manage to knock The Beatles off the top of the charts with I Got You Babe.

As their relationship grows from a professional one to a personal one, Sonny shows himself to be the one with the business brains with a manipulative streak, as he owns 95 percent of what becomes Cher Enterprises.

As the years go by there are more marriages, Las Vegas residencies, Academy Awards and ultimately bankruptcy where Cher ends up promoting hair products on a TV commercial to make ends meet.

Sam Ferriday was impressive as he switched from playing Greg Allman (Cher’s second husband), Phil Spector and John Southall with ease.

Directed by Arlene Phillips with choreography from Oti Mabuse and with stunning costumes by Gabriella Slade that complement and suit the three versions of Cher on stage this is an uplifting and splendid show.

The songs themselves deserve more than a mention, you will be surprised how many hits Cher as had.

Naturally, the evening ended with a medley of her biggest hits, including the one that reignited her career in 1998 – Believe. The audience were out of their seats and the smiling faces said as much as the story that had unfolded on stage.

After the last two years we all need something to cheer us up – The Cher Show is a musical feast that demonstrates what can be accomplished with grit, determination and talent. If I could turn back time I would go and see it all over again.

Runs until Saturday 19th November 2022.


Photo credit: Pamela Raith

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