News: The Cher Show to tour UK & Ireland

A brand new production of The Cher Show will open next year, with book by Tony and Olivier Award-winning Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, The Addams Family, Peter and the Starcatcher), direction by Arlene Phillips (Saturday Night Fever, Starlight Express, Grease), choreography by Oti Mabuse (two-time Strictly Come Dancing champion) and costume design by Gabriella Slade (Six, In The Heights, Spice World 2019 Tour). The tour will open at Leicester’s Curve on 15 April 2022 and will continue through to 1 April 2023.

Arlene Phillips said of directing The Cher Show: “I have been a fan of Cher since I first heard I Got You Babe in the mid-sixties and cannot wait to direct her musical. 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 as choreographer of the many different genres in the show and Gabriella Slade for the iconic costume designs. This exciting show will be a non-stop journey of Cher’s rollercoaster life, bringing to the audience Cher’s iconic songs, glorious dance numbers, unique costumes and her epic drama. All they need to do is come along and Believe.”

Oti Mabuse said: “I cannot WAIT for audiences to see what we’re doing with The Cher Show. 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! Cher has been such an inspiration to so many people and this musical is going to be a celebration of everything people love about her.”

Gabriella Slade added, “Cher is quite literally a style icon. Her fashion moments pushed the boundaries of the time and continue to do so. I’m so excited to be taking huge influence and inspiration from these looks as I embark on creating the costume design for this new production of The Cher Show.”

From a young child with big dreams, the shy daughter of an Armenian American truck driver, to the dizzying heights of global stardom, The Cher Show tells the incredible story of Cher’s 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. It shows how she battled the men who underestimated her, fought the conventions and, above all, was a trailblazer for independence.

The musical is packed with 35 of her biggest hits, including ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’, ‘I Got You Babe’, ‘Strong Enough’, ‘The Shoop 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 realise “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 – in true Cher fashion, she followed up her ‘Farewell Tour’ 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 to deem her “eternally relevant and the ruler of outré reinvention”. She became known as the Queen of Reinvention.

In the 1990s, she established The Cher Charitable Foundation to support causes around the world. She has been a long-time donor and supporter of Habitat for Humanity, The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund and Keep A Child Alive, an organisation that helps to combat the AIDs epidemic. Most recently, she co-founded Free the Wild to help rescue Kaavan the Asian elephant from Islamabad zoo.

Written by Tony Award-winning Rick Elice, The Cher Show made its debut on Broadway in 2018 in a production that earned two Tony Awards and delighted fans from around the world. This new production will be the European premiere.

The Cher Show UK & Ireland Tour will have lighting design by Ben Cracknell and sound design by Dan Samson. Music producer will be Gary Hickeson.

For more information visit www.cheronstage.com

TOUR SCHEDULE

15 – 23 April 2022                  Leicester Curve                                                                           0116 242 3595

                                              www.curveonline.co.uk                                                                 on sale 27 May

26 – 30 April                           Sunderland Empire Theatre                                                        0844 871 7615*

                                              www.atgtickets.com/venues/sunderland-empire                          on sale 

3 – 7 May                              Hull New Theatre                                                                         01482 300 306

                                              www.hulltheatres.co.uk                                                                 on sale 24 May

10 – 14 May                          Sheffield Lyceum Theatre                                                            0114 249 6000

                                              www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk                                                          on sale soon

17 – 21 May                           Manchester Opera House                                                           0844 871 7615*

                                              www.atgtickets.com/venues/opera-house-manchester                 on sale

24 – 28 May                          Belfast Grand Opera House                                                         02890241919

                                              www.goh.co.uk                                                                              on sale soon

31 May – 4 June                   Blackpool Opera House                                                               0844 856 1111

                                              www.wintergardensblackpool.co.uk                                               on sale

7 – 11 June                            Nottingham Theatre Royal                                                           0115 989 5555       

                                              www.trch.co.uk                                                                              on sale 28 May

14 – 19 June                          Canterbury Marlowe Theatre                                                       01227 787787

                                              www.marlowetheatre.com                                                             on sale 9 August

21 – 25 June                         Plymouth Theatre Royal                                                              01752 267222

                                              theatreroyal.com                                                                           on sale soon

19 – 30 July                          Dublin Bord Gáis Energy Theatre                                                0844 847 2455*

                                             bordgaisenergytheatre.ie                                                               on sale soon

2 – 6 August                         Birmingham Hippodrome                                                             0844 338 5000*

                                             www.birminghamhippodrome.com                                                 on sale soon

9 – 13 August                        Milton Keynes Theatre                                                                 0844 871 7615*

                                             www.atgtickets.com/venues/milton-keynes-theatre                       on sale

16 – 20 August                      Southend Cliffs Pavilion                                                               01702 351135

                                              southendtheatres.org.uk                                                               on sale 

23 – 27 August                      Cardiff New Theatre                                                                     07925 659065

                                              www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk                                                         on sale 28 May

30 August – 3 September      Stoke Regent Theatre                                                                   0844 871 7615*                                                                                                                www.atgtickets.com /venues/regent-theatre                                  on sale

6 – 10 September                  Woking New Victoria Theatre                                                        0844 871 7615*

                                              www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-victoria-theatre                          on sale

20 – 24 September               Dartford Orchard Theatre                                                              01322 220000

                                              orchardtheatre.co.uk                                                                      on sale

27 September – 1 October    Glasgow King’s Theatre                                                                0844 871 7615*      

                                              www.atgtickets.com/venues/kings-theatre                                     on sale

4 – 8 October                        Aberdeen His Majesty’s Theatre                  

                                              aberdeenperformingarts.com                                                         on sale soon

11 – 15 October                    Edinburgh Festival Theatre                                                           0131 529 6000

                                              www.capitaltheatres.com                                                               on sale 28 May

18 – 22 October                    Wolverhampton Grand Theatre                                                     01902 429212

                                              www.grandtheatre.co.uk                                                                  on sale 26 May

25 – 29 October                    Bradford The Alhambra Theatre                                                     01274 432000

                                              www.bradford-theatres.co.uk/venues/the-alhambra-theatre           on sale soon

1 – 12 November                   Brighton Theatre Royal                                                                  0844 871 7615*      

                                              www.atgtickets.com/venues/theatre-royal-brighton                         on sale 

15 – 19 November                 York Grand Opera House                                                                0844 871 7615*

                                              www.atgtickets.com/venues/grand-opera-house-york                     on sale

22 – 26 November                 Ipswich Regent Theatre

                                               ipswichtheatres.co.uk                                                                      on sale

3 – 7 January 2023                Southampton Mayflower Theatre                                                   02380 711811

                                              www.mayflower.org.uk                                                                     on sale 25 May

10 – 14 January                    Northampton Royal & Derngate                                                     01604 624811                                                                                                                www.royalandderngate.co.uk                                                           on sale soon

17 – 21 January                     Liverpool Empire Theatre                                                                0844 871 7615*      

                                              www.atgtickets.com/venues/liverpool-empire                                   on sale

24 – 28 January                     Bristol The Hippodrome                                                                   0844 871 7615*

                                              www.atgtickets.com/venues/bristol-hippodrome                               on sale

31 January – 4 February        Wimbledon New Wimbledon Theatre                                              0844 871 7615*                                                                                                            www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-wimbledon-theatre                        on sale

7 – 11 February                     Darlington Hippodrome                                                                    01325 405405

                                              www.darlingtonhippodrome.co.uk                                                     on sale soon

14 – 18 February                    Torquay Princess Theatre                                                                0844 871 7615*

                                               www.atgtickets.com/venues/princess-theatre-torquay                      on sale

21 – 25 February                    Oxford New Theatre                                                                        0844 871 7615*

                                               www.atgtickets.com/venues/new-theatre-oxford                              on sale

28 February – 4 March          Llandudno Venue Cymru                                                                01492 872000

                                               www.venuecymru.co.uk                                                                   on sale soon

7 – 11 March                         Norwich Theatre Royal                                                                     01603 630 000

                                              norwichtheatre.org                                                                             on sale soon

14 – 18 March                       Carlisle The Sands Centre                                                               0333 33 55055

                                              www.thesandscentre.co.uk                                                               on sale                   

Further dates to be announced

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