Ok so where do I start with my “The Cher Show” Review at the Opera House Manchester? Because when a production totally blows your mind its actually harder to write. Why? Because The Cher Show musical was epic, so multi faceted with so many elements and angles of mind blowing proportions. A bit like the great lady herself.
I feel I need to put in a little disclaimer here, I LOVE Cher, I always have! I even had her exercise video back in the days of VHS. Was overjoyed when she made an appearance in Mamma Mia, and adore Mermaids and Mask, oh and my favourite song is Dead Ringer for Love, closely followed by Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves. I actually don’t think she has a bad song!
However, I had no idea how The Cher Show would pan out, I know what I hoped it would be. And all I can tell you is that I could never in a million years have imagined the reality of the Cher Show.
The Cher Show UK Tour Review, At The Opera House Manchester
What’s It About?
It’s the night of a big show and Cher (Debbie Kurup) has lost purpose, forgotten why she is doing this? When she feels the presence of her former selves. The younger less confidant Babe Cher (Millie O’Connell) and tougher edgier Lady Cher (Danielle Steers) who found mega fame amid a break up, motherhood and ups and downs of her career.
And that is where this show of epic proportion starts, all 3 Cher’s looking back on each others lives, throughout the ups and downs of life, meeting Sonny (Lucas Rush) fame, fortune and heartbreak.
The concept is pure genius, each Cher the master of her own destiny. With only the current day “Star Cher” having all the answers. But watching her former selves making the same decisions that cumulate into the mistakes and successes that make every amazing woman what she is today.
This is an easy one, I give The Cher Show 6 out 5. Seriously, I mean I know that’s not mathematically possible, but they achieved it. Each Cher played her part to perfection and all annotating together on key life decisions and events. It was like watching Cher grow up in front of your eyes.
Babe Cher and her less confident self, not knowing what’s ahead, alongside the harder Lady Cher, who has felt the successes and the knocks. All lead by Star Cher who knows this story, knows the ending and is comfortable in her own skin, but just needed to remember how she got there. Each Cher projecting themselves and her vulnerabilities so you could feel them. I honestly can’t choose a favourite they were all phenomenal.
The Cher Show is a life story with a difference, its not a mediocre look back at Cher’s live, it’s an exciting reenactment facilitated by the Cher who was living in the moment. But also commented upon by the Cher’s who lived to tell the tale.
The production was classy, with incredible staging and choreography that made it feel half concert, half show with not an ounce of cheese, It was glorious.
Everything else was well thought out to appear simple, but was sensational. The Ensemble played a wonderfully understated part that was vital to the whole feel of the show, with no costume changes, no fussy set, nowhere to hide. They were incredible, as was the stage lighting that set the perfect scene.
Would I Recommend The Cher Show?
If you love Cher you have to see it, I would go as far as to say it’s essential, it should be made law for Cher fans. If you aren’t sure, like my friend Louise who came along thinking it would be nice? In her words and she said it again and again, IT’S AMAZING.
Where Can I See The Cher Show Musical UK Tour?
The Cher Show is on at the Opera House Manchester until the 21st May.
And then showing at……
- Milton Keynes Theatre, Tue 9 Aug – Sat 13 Aug 2022
- Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent, Tue 30 Aug – Sat 3 Sep 2022
- New Victoria Theatre, Woking, Tue 6 Sep – Sat 10 Sep 2022
- King’s Theatre, Glasgow, Tue 27 Sep – Sat 1 Oct 2022
- Theatre Royal Brighton, Tue 1 Nov – Sat 12 Nov 2022
- Grand Opera House York, Tue 15 Nov – Sat 19 Nov 2022
- Liverpool Empire, Tue 17 Jan – Sat 21 Jan 2023
- Bristol Hippodrome Theatre, Tue 24 Jan – Sat 28 Jan 2023
- New Wimbledon Theatre, Tue 31 Jan – Sat 4 Feb 2023
- Princess Theatre, Torquay, Tue 14 Feb – Sat 18 Feb 2023
- New Theatre Oxford, Tue 21 Feb – Sat 25 Feb 2023
I received these tickets in return for an honest Cher Show review, and you can’t ague with perfection. I seriously can’t think of how they could improve The Cher Show. See more theatre reviews here.