Complete casting has been announced for the pre-Broadway premiere of the new musical The Cher Show at Broadway in Chicago's Oriental Theatre. Previews will begin on June 12 and will continue through July 15. The production will open on Broadway this fall.
As previously announced, The Cher Show will star Tony Award nominee Stephanie J. Block (Falsettos). She will be joined by Teal Wicks (Wicked) and Micaela Diamond in the role of the iconic singer and actor at various times in her life and career. Also in the cast will be Tony Award nominee Jarrod Spector (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) as Sonny Bono, Tony Award nominee Michael Berresse (Kiss Me, Kate) as Bob Mackie, Michael Campayno (Wicked) as Rob Camilletti, Matthew Hydzik (It Shoulda Been You,) as Gregg Allman, and Tony Award nominee Emily Skinner (Prince of Broadway) as Georgia Holt.
The full company will also feature 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.
Additionally, video designer Darrel Maloney (American Idiot) has joined the creative team, which also includes Emmy Award-winning costume designer Bob Mackie, Tony Award-winning set designer Christine Jones, set designer Brett J. Banakis, Tony Award-winning lighting designer Kevin Adams, and sound designer Nevin Steinberg.
The musical features a book by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys) and is directed by Jason Moore (Avenue Q). Christopher Gattelli serves as choreographer, with Daryl Waters providing orchestrations, arrangements, and musical supervision. Cher's classic songs will make up the score.
Production notes describe the production as follows: "The Cher Show is based on the life of Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere Bono Allman or as her friends call her, Cher! The kid on a tricycle, vowing to be famous. The teenage phenom who crashes by twenty. The glam TV star who quits at the top. The would-be actress with an Oscar. The rock goddess with a hundred million records sold. The legend who's done it all, still scared to walk on stage. The wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. The woman, looking for love. The ultimate survivor, chasing her dream. They're all here, dressed to kill, singing their asses off, telling it like it is. And they're all the star of The Cher Show."
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