Cher’s Life to Get the Spectacularly Overwrought Musical Theater Treatment


Cher announced via her divinely weird Twitter account that there’ll soon be a Broadway musical about her life in our midst. Between the usual righteously furious and oddly written emoji-heavy Tweets about, say, how Trump, per Forbes, “shifted kids’ cancer money into his own business” and how he’s continuing his standard of cruel policymaking, Cher dropped this little message:

Why yes, those are bees filling in for “be”s! And hopefully we can expect a much deeper look into the life that led to the enthralling emoji usage that’s brought joy (and pretty frequent, up-to-date political commentary) to her many followers.

Deadline notes that there was actually a “top secret read through” of the musical back in January — but Cher’s Twitter account seems to have made it much less of a secret after it was over:

And now it seems like an actual production is very much in the works.

Apparently, the musical, which will of course feature a variety of Cher songs from throughout her career, will also go deep into her past, back to her L.A. upbringing and her backup-singing teenage years, into her marriage to Sonny Bono and through their divorce, through her many films (hopefully with a hefty portion devoted to her chef d’oeuvre, Burlesque.)

It’s being produced by Hamilton‘s Jeffrey Seller and Rise‘s Flody Suarez, and Avenue Q‘s Jason Moore will direct. Though not much else is known, Deadline says that there was a casting notice put out in November 2016 for the characters “Babe, Lady and Star,” all of whom are different Chers at different moments…so it seems this is taking the I’m Not There interpretive biographical approach. I’ve gotta say, as dreadful as the idea of music biographical musicals are (I don’t care how good you may think Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is, it will never not sound like the most tepidly unnecessary thing on the face of the planet), if there’s anyone whose life I wouldn’t mind seeing rendered in tacky, glitzed up broad gestures, it’s that of Cher.