News: Actresses playing Cher in The Cher Show revealed

The producers of the brand new production of The Cher Show are delighted to announce that the role of Cher will be played by Debbie Kurup, Danielle Steers and Millie O’Connell. The production features the actresses portraying Cher in three different ways throughout her iconic career, with Debbie as ‘Star’, Danielle as ‘Lady’ and Millie as ‘Babe’. Further casting is to be announced.

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 UK & Ireland Tour will open at Leicester’s Curve on 15 April 2022 and will continue through to 1 April 2023.

Debbie Kurup’s theatre credits include Bonnie & Clyde (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Queen Tuya in The Prince of Egypt (Dominion), Blues in the Night (Kiln), Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse), Mrs Neilsen in Girl From The North Country (Old Vic/ Noël Coward), The Threepenny Opera (NT), Anything Goes (Sheffield Crucible/UK Tour), Nikki Marron in The Bodyguard (Adelphi – Olivier Award nomination for Best Performance in a Supporting Role in a Musical), Velma Kelly in Chicago (Cambridge/Adelphi), Sister Act (London Palladium), East (Leicester Curve), West Side Story (Prince of Wales), Tonight’s The Night (Victoria Palace), Rent (Prince of Wales/UK Tour), Fame (UK Tour), Guys And Dolls (Sheffield Crucible), Pal Joey (Chichester) and Boogie Nights (Savoy).

Danielle Steers’s theatre credits include The Empress in Aladdin (Theatre Royal, Plymouth), Catherine Parr in Six The Musical (London), Zahara in the original cast of Bat out of Hell: The Musical (Manchester Opera House, London Coliseum, Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto, Dominion Theatre, New York City Centre), Carmen in Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse), Lead Shirelle in the original London cast of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (Aldwych Theatre), swing and cover Nikki Marron in The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre) and cover Killer Queen in We Will Rock You (International Arena Tour). Her debut album, The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be, was released in 2021.

Millie O’Connell’s theatre credits include Maureen in Rent (Hope Mill Theatre – WOS Award Nomination), Jeanie in Hair (Turbine Theatre), Chloe Valentine in Be More Chill (Shaftesbury Theatre and The Other Palace), Anne Boleyn in SIX: The Musical (UK Tour and Arts Theatre, London – Olivier Award nominated), Ensemble/cover Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie (UK Tour), Ensemble/Understudy Annie in 42nd Street (Theatre Royal, Drury Lane), Ensemble/Understudy Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street (Theatre Du Chatelet).

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 set design by Tom Rogers, musical supervision by Rich Morris, lighting design by Ben Cracknell, sound design by Dan Samson, music production by Gary Hickeson, wigs, hair and make-up design by Sam Cox, associate direction by James Cousins, associate choreography by James Bennett and casting by Will Burton CDG.

The Cher Show UK & Ireland Tour is produced by ROYO with Fiery Angel, Cuffe & Taylor/LIVE NATION and Playing Field in association with Tilted, Aria Entertainment and JONES Theatrical Group.

TOUR SCHEDULE

15 – 23 April 2022                 Leicester Curve                                                                       0116 242 3595

                                             www.curveonline.co.uk                                                             on sale

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 

10 – 14 May                          Sheffield Lyceum Theatre                                                       0114 249 6000

                                             www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk                                                    on sale

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 

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 

14 – 19 June                         Canterbury Marlowe Theatre                                                   01227 787787

                                             www.marlowetheatre.com                                                       on sale 

21 – 25 June                        Plymouth Theatre Royal                                                          01752 267222

                                             theatreroyal.com                                                                       on sale 

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

                                             bordgaisenergytheatre.ie                                                          on sale 

2 – 6 August                         Birmingham Hippodrome                                                        0844 338 5000*

                                             www.birminghamhippodrome.com                                            on sale 

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 

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

13 – 17 September               Cheltenham Everyman Theatre                                               01242 572573 

www.everymantheatre.org.uk                                                   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 

18 – 22 October                   Wolverhampton Grand Theatre                                              01902 429212

                                             www.grandtheatre.co.uk                                                           on sale 

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 

10 – 14 January                    Northampton Royal & Derngate                                              01604 624811                                                

                                                      www.royalandderngate.co.uk                                                    on sale 

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 

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 

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

*Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge

Photo credit: Matt Crockett

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