West End Stars Debbie Kurup, Millie O’Connell and Danielle Steers who together share the role of Cher at different life stages (Image: Theatre Royal Brighton)
Three Chers could be spotted taking a spin on the Royal Pavilion ice rink ahead of the launch of a new musical that tells the story of the “goddess of pop”.
The Cher Show swapped Broadway for the seafront as it opened at the Royal Theatre Brighton last night as part of its UK and Ireland tour.
Promising a “party” in the aisles, the particular two-time Tony Award winning show written by Rick Elice, who is responsible for Jersey Boys, The Addams Family and much more, is directed by Arlene Phillips and choreographed by Oti Mabuse as it makes the European premiere.
The show follows the American singer and actress’ life from the shy daughter of an Armenian American truck driver to her meteoric rise to fame.
Cher takes the audience by the hand and introduces them to the influential people in her life, from her mother and Sonny Bono to fashion designer and costumier Bob Mackie.
West End Stars Debbie Kurup, Millie O’Connell and Danielle Steers together share the role of Cher at different life stages
The musical is packed with 35 of her biggest hits, including Turn Back Time, I Got You Babe, Strong Enough, The Shoop Song and Believe.
With over 100 million record sales, an Academy Award, an Emmy, a Grammy, three Golden Globes and an award from The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Cher has influenced popular culture more than most.
Her on-screen career started in 1971 with her weekly television show that attracted 30 million viewers a week, and went on to include starring roles in iconic films from Moonstruck, for which she won the Oscar for Best Actress, to Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, which prompted the New York Magazine to state “every single movie—no matter how flawless—would be infinitely better if it included Cher. ”
Her “Farewell Tour” became the highest-grossing music tour in history – which she followed up with two further sell-out, worldwide arena tours.
She is the only artist in history to have a number one hit in the Billboard chart for six consecutive decades; an achievement that caused Vogue in order to deem her “eternally relevant and the ruler of outré reinvention”.
And in the 1990s, she established The Cher Charitable Foundation to support causes around the world.
The Cher Show will run in Brighton until November 12.