Cher Musical In The Works
Broadway has seen it’s fair share of review shows. Music icons such as Carole King, The Four Seasons and more have taken to the Broadway stage to not only celebrate their vast catalogue of music but tell their story as well. And if you’re a major, well-known artists who has a story to tell with a catalogue of music, why not consider a Broadway outing? Sure, not all review shows end up going well. But, it never hurts to try! Everyone has a story to tell and that only comes to life more on the Broadway stage as we experience their journey first hand with their music we know so well. A well-known artist, still relevant today, is considering such a treatment for her career in the pop industry. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that a musical based on the life of pop star Cher is back in the works!
Cher has revealed, via twitter, that she back at working on a musical based on her life with Tony nominee Rick Elice. Cher, who announced the project in 2012, tweeted Sunday October 25th, 2015 that she had just spent the past three days working with Elice. The project still remains so new and in the works, there is essentially nothing known about the production ranging from storyline to characters or even a time-table of when we can expect the pop goddess to appear on Broadway. Elice responded to a Playbill request for more information on the production and simply said there were “no answers at this point, only questions.” The tweet posted by Cher is pictured below revealing the project is still on the horizon for the team.
Cher is an American singer and actress often referred to as the Goddess Of Pop. She sky-rocketed to fame in 1965 while being married to folk rock husband, Sonny Bono. The two has a television show, The Sonny & Cher show, which was watched by 30 million viewers weekly during it’s three-year run on television. She would eventually divorce Bono and take up residency in Las Vegas for two years in the early 1980’s. She reached the peak in 1998 with her song “Believe” which used auto-tune technology, many which refer to as the Cher effect. She has won on an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, a special CFDA Fashion Award and three Golden Globe Awards. She has sold over 100 million records worldwide and is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She is the only artist to this date to have a number-one single on the Billboard chart in each of the past six decades.
Rick Elice (Pictured Left) is best known for his work as the co-librettist for the Tony Award nominated Jersey Boys and being the playwright for the Tony Award winning Peter and the Starcatcher. He also worked as the co-librettist for The Addams Family. He has been nominated for the Tony Award twice for Best Book of a Musical for Jersey Boys and for Best Original Score for Peter and the Starcatcher. Elice is currently working on another musical project involving the life of late singer, Whitney Houston.
This project of bringing a musical based on the life and music of Cher sounds like nothing but an incredibly fun time! Cher, who has produced some of the most pop songs of all time, has iconic music that could easily come to life on the Broadway stage in a storyline that is soon to be determined. If there is anyone to bring this story to Broadway, Rick Elice is the man to do so. His resume of past Broadway shows, most importantly including Jersey Boys as this show leans in that direction, shows he is one to not simply produce your usual review show filled with well-known tunes. Jersey Boys broke the boundaries when it came to review shows and truly seems like anything but. I look forward to their collaboration and seeing where the project ends up! I would also hope many of Cher’s iconic costumes and designs that have appeared on tours over the years would make a comeback or appearance during this production. Cher is also no stranger to Broadway. The pop goddess appeared on The Great White Way herself in 1982 appearing in Come Back To The 5 & Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. The production played the Martin Beck Theatre (Now Al Hirschfeld) for 52 performances playing February through April 1982. I wonder if Cher would find herself on stage during her own show?
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as the Cher musical takes shape and eventually makes its way to the stage! We can’t wait to see what the storyline behind will be behind some of the biggest pop hits over the past several decades! While fans should not expect a musical sooner rather than later, we “believe” this Cher inspired production will make it to the stage soon for sure! For more on the artists, visit Cher’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter. (Copyright Note; Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!