Cher’s story and music is headed to Broadway.
The Cher Story, a new musical based on the life and career of the iconic singer, will open on Broadway next fall following a Chicago tryout.
“My life as a musical on Broadway. It seems crazy, exciting and bizarre -- but that's probably how my life seems to most people,” Cher said in a statement.
The production will debut with a limited engagement at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre on June 12, 2018, with tickets going on sale Oct. 18, before heading to the Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre next fall.
The new “bio-musical” will feature a book by Tony-winner Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), choreography by Tony Award-winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies), and orchestrations, arrangements and musical supervision by Tony Award-winner Daryl Waters (Memphis). Jason Moore, the Tony-nominated director of Avenue Q and Pitch Perfect, will direct.
This is the second major musical to debut during Chicago’s 2018 season. On Tuesday, it was announced that a musical adaptation of Pretty Womanstarring Samantha Barks and Steve Kazee will begin performances at the Oriental Theatre on March 13 before heading to the Broadway stage in the fall.
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While the fall 2017 season has only just begun, 2018 is already shaping up to megastar year. In addition to The Cher Show and Pretty Woman: The Musical, musical adaptations of Frozen and Mean Girls will open in the spring along with the U.S. debut of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two.