Following a top-secret read-through in January, Cher: The Musical is a go. The Emmy, Grammy and Oscar winner tweeted news about the stage version of her life last night. “Just got off phone w/writer & director of musical,” she wrote. “There will be performance in theatre with actors, dancers, singers!! It’ll be on Broadway 2018.”
According to earlier reports, the show will feature songs from Cher’s catalog and chronicle her life — from her childhood in LA and singing backup vocals as a teenager, to her meeting with the late Sonny Bono in 1962 and how they made it to the top of the music business. After their 1975 divorce, Cher reinvented herself as a pop icon and movie star, winning an Oscar in 1988 for Moonstruck. She had notable appearances in Mermaid, Mask, The Witches of Eastwick and Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. Jimmy Dean was a Robert Altman project with Cher that began off-Broadway and had a brief run on Broadway in 1982.
A casting notice posted in November 2016 revealed that the characters of Babe, Lady and Star represent Cher at different moments. In the January reading, according to The New York Post, Jillian Mueller, Lena Hall and Lesli Margherita played the roles.
In addition to Cher’s parents, the casting notice named Bob Mackie, David Geffen, Gregg Allman, Robert Altman, Rob Camilletti and Sigmund Freud among its characters, Playbill reported.
Cher shared her excitement over the project back in January: