The Cher Show to come to Wolverhampton in 2022

A new stage production of The Cher Show will play at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre next year.

Cher attending the premiere of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Ian West/PA)
Cher attending the premiere of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (Ian West/PA)

The biopic musical, which makes its European premiere next year will play at the Grand from October 18 to 22, 2022.

Tickets for The Cher Show went on sale to Friends of the Grand and members from 8am on Monday with public booking opening at 8am on Wednesday at grandtheatre.co.uk.

The Cher Show has a 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).

Arlene Phillips said: “I have been a fan of Cher since I first heard I Got You Babe in the mid-60s and cannot wait to direct her musical.

"I love stories about strong inspirational legends like Cher and I am proud to be joined in the creative team by two women who have already made a huge impact in their careers: Oti Mabuse as choreographer of the many different genres in the show and Gabriella Slade for the iconic costume designs.

"This exciting show will be a non-stop journey of Cher’s rollercoaster life, bringing to the audience Cher’s iconic songs, glorious dance numbers, unique costumes and her epic drama. All they need to do is come along and Believe.”

Oti Mabuse said: “I cannot wait for audiences to see what we’re doing with The Cher Show. Cher’s music covers so many styles, genres and rhythms, which makes it so exciting to choreograph. Every song in the show is a hit and we are going full out with exciting routines and movement. It’s going to be a party! Cher has been such an inspiration to so many people and this musical is going to be a celebration of everything people love about her.”

The Cher Show poster

Gabriella Slade added: “Cher is quite literally a style icon. Her fashion moments pushed the boundaries of the time and continue to do so. I’m so excited to be taking huge influence and inspiration from these looks as I embark on creating the costume design for this new production of The Cher Show.”

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 story of Cher’s 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 Turn Back Time, I Got You Babe, Strong Enough, The Shoop Shoop Song and Believe.

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.

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