The European premiere UK tour of The Cher Show – arriving at theatres across the north at dates into next year – is directed by veteran dance creator Arlene Phillips and choreographed by two-times Strictly Come Dancing champion Oti Mabuse.
The show is at Manchester Opera House (May 17-21); Blackpool Opera House (May 31-June 4); Bradford Alhambra (October 25-29); York Grand Opera House (November15-19); Liverpool Empire (January 17-21, 2023) and Venu Cymru, Llandudno (February 28-March 4, 2023).
The production features 35 of Cher's biggest hits, including If I Could Turn Back Time, I Got You Babe, Strong Enough, The Shoop Shoop Song and Believe.
From a young, shy daughter of an Armenian-American truck driver to the dizzying heights of global star, The Cher Show tells the story of the singer's rise to fame, introducing influential people in her life, from partner Sonny Bono to fashion designer Bob Mackie.
The production features three actresses as Cher throughout her career - Debbie Kurup, Danielle Steers and Millie O’Connell.
Kurup’s extensive theatre credits include Bonnie & Clyde, Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse), The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre) and Anything Goes (UK Tour), while Steers has been seen in shows such as SIX: The Musical, Bat out of Hell and Sweet Charity. Millie O’Connell’s theatre credits include Rent at Manchester's Hope Mill Theatre, Hair and SIX: The Musical.
Written by Tony Award-winning Rick Elice, The Cher Show made its debut on Broadway in 2018 and earned two Tony Awards. This new production will be the European premiere.
Arlene Phillips said: “I've been a fan of Cher since I first heard I Got You Babe in the mid-sixties. I can't wait to direct the show. "I love stories about strong, inspirational legends like Cher and I am proud to be joined in the creative team by two women who have already made a huge impact in their careers: Oti Mabuse, and Gabriella Slade for the iconic costume designs.”
Oti Mabuse said: “Cher’s music covers so many styles, genres and rhythms, which makes it so exciting to choreograph. Every song in the show is a hit and we are going full out with exciting routines and movement. It’s going to be a party!”