'The Cher Show' Announces Full Cast, Stephanie J. Block Leads as One of the Chers
By Leigh Scheps
Complete casting has been announced for the Broadway-bound musical, The Cher Show.
Joining Stephanie J. Block (Falsettos) as Cher in the biopic musical are Teal Wicks and Micaela Diamond, who will also play the title role at various points in her life and career. Block will play the later iteration of the singer, “Star,” while Wicks will play “Lady” of the 1970s and Diamond will play the youngest version, “Baby.”
Sonny Bono will be played by Jarrod Spector and Bob Mackie (who is designing the costumes for the show) will be portrayed by Michael Berresse. The full company includes Michael Campayno as Rob Camilletti, Matthew Hydzik as Gregg Allman along with Marija Abney, Carleigh Bettiol, Taurean Everett, Michael Fatica, Ashley Blair Fitzgerald, Michael Graceffa, Blaine Alden Krauss, Sam Lips, Allie Meixner, Tiana Okoye, Amy Quanbeck, Angel Reda, Dee Roscioli, Michael Tacconi, Tory Trowbridge, Christopher Vo, Alena Watters, Charlie Williams, and Ryan Worsing.
The Cher Show is based on the life of the iconic singer whose real name is Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere Bono Allman. It will feature some of her chart-topping hits, including “If I Could Turn Back Time,” “Believe” and “I Got You Babe.”
The production will debut with a limited engagement at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre on June 12, 2018, before moving to Broadway. Previews at the Neil Simon Theatre begin Nov. 1, with opening night on Broadway set for Dec. 3.
The new musical features 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 third major musical to debut during Chicago’s 2018 season. The musical adaptation of Pretty Woman starring Samantha Barks and Steve Kazee just ended its run at the Oriental Theatre and will now head to Broadway with performances beginning July 22nd at the Nederlander Theatre.
Tootsie, based on the 1982 Dustin Hoffman movie, will star Santino Fontana (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Frozen) and play at Chicago’s Cadillac Palace with performances beginning Sept. 11.