Cher won an Oscar in 1988 for “Moonstruck,” a Grammy in 2000 for the dance hit “Believe” and an Emmy in 2003 for her variety special “Cher: The Farewell Tour.” Now comes word that this one-named diva has her sights set on a Tony as a musical based on her life is set to hit Broadway next year.
The tuner will get a lab presentation in October, prior to its debut on the rialto in spring 2018, just in time for the Tonys. As a producer, Cher would share in a win for Best Musical. That is how EGOT champ Whoopi Goldberg got her Tony back in 2002 when she was part of the team that brought “Thoroughly Modern Millie” to Broadway.
While the songs will be drawn from Cher’s greatest hits, she won’t be playing herself. Rather three different actresses will get a chance to show us Cher at different stages of her life. At a recent reading of the musical, Jillian Mueller, Lena Hall and Lesli Margherita were “Babe,” “Lady” and “Star” respectively.
The book is by Tony nominee Rick Elice (“Jersey Boys”) while Jason Moore, who helmed the Tony-winning musical “Avenue Q,” is directing. Cher is producing the show with Jeffrey Seller of “Hamilton” fame and his producing partner Flody Suarez, a one-time NBC exec.