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BrumHour saw The Cher Show at the invite of Birmingham Hippodrome.
By Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
For Brum Radio’s Interval Theatre Millie O’Connell spoke about bringing her version of Cher to life as part of The Cher Show. Listen below:
Review: The Cher Show at Birmingham Hippodrome
⭐⭐⭐⭐”A fun feelgood show”
Directed by Arlene Phillips, book by Rick Elice, choreography by Oti Mabuse
What is better than one person playing Cher? How about three people playing Cher?
Cher is presented in The Cher Show in three iterations, Star (Debbie Kurup), Lady (Danielle Steers) and Babe (Millie O’Connell) covering Cher’s life from the 1950s until the 2000s.
Told in a fairly unconventional way, the story of Cher becomes a series of scenes, performances and stories. It is filled with warm humour and a genuine wit that captures the essence of what makes Cher so unique and special. There is plenty of performing for the audience and seeing versions of Cher talk to each other across time helps us understand her inner challenges.
As with other musical biographies there isn’t really a lot in the way of threat or peril, but the lessons of “being true to yourself” and “standing up for what you believe in” are all here.
Writer Rick Elice has used multiple narrators before with Jersey Boys, stories that traverse time and the idea of a working-class upbringing leading to stardom resonates clearly with a UK audience.
The set looks like the inside of a huge wardrobe with garment covers and wigs all around the stage and the year is written on many of the props as we journey through time.
The show is about time in the spotlight and both story and character wise it allows for a much more ensemble production than it first appears. The anticipation of an outfit change when one Cher was off stage was great as we head ultimately towards the Believe album learning about Cher’s life along the way.
The audience even gets a chance at the end to film, dance and sing along and tonight’s audience didn’t need telling twice.
The Cher Show is a fun feelgood production and is at Birmingham Hippodrome until 6th August 2022. The UK Tour currently continues until 18th March 2023 find out more here: cheronstage.com. Discover what is coming up at Birmingham Hippodrome here: birminghamhippodrome.com/whats-on.