This is a general opening night thing, not a review, but Jarrod Spector (Sonny) just took to Twitter mid-show to call out Kanye West for being on his phone in the audience. https://twitter.com/jarrodspector/status/1069753066033987584
Pretty positive review from the Hollywood Reporter..https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/cher-show-theater-1165871?utm_source=twitter&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral
Variety is negative. "Despite an icon with attitude, an armful of pop tunes and a can-do cast, the script never quite finds a satisfying style — or a genuine heart — as a winning stage musical."https://variety.com/2018/legit/reviews/cher-show-review-broadway-1203072647/The Wrap leans negative, with a rave for Block. "The jokes are lame, segues between scenes are blunt or nonexistent, and a general lack of inventiveness pervades the entire enterprise...the real star...is Block, who may be the best impersonator the Broadway stage has seen in recent memory. She even manages to exude genuine maternal warmth in her sage advice to the two younger Chers without ever losing any sass or swagger."https://www.thewrap.com/the-cher-show-broadway-review-but-the-real-star-is-stephanie-j-block/
Deadline is mixed to negative. "Believing in life after love turns out to be a surer bet than pinning your hopes on jukebox musicals, no matter how fabulous the subject. The Cher Show...might not disappoint anyone likely to applaud a Bob Mackie-designed Oscar gown, but neither does it do any boundary-pushing. So very un-Cher"https://deadline.com/2018/12/the-cher-show-broadway-review-powerhouse-performances-skimpy-story-1202512841/
I’d be shocked if the gentlemen at the Times were positive, based on dismissive comments they’ve made before this even started performances.
Kad said: "I’d be shocked if the gentlemen at the Times were positive, based on dismissivecomments they’ve made before this even started performances."Ooh, do spill the tea.
He’s been invited to opening night of a show based on the life of an entertainer. You think that might lead him to give it the modicum of respect it takes to heed the warnings about cell phones before Act 1 begins. I guess not...More like, his trashy wife dragged him there and he thinks he can do whatever the hell he wants. It's weird, he wants people to pay attention to his garbage performances all around the world, yet, he cannot give these Broadway performers the same respect. He's the worst but I think everyone already knew that.
TimeOut is mixed, giving 3 of 5 stars. "Like Cher herself, the musical has the virtue of never seeming to take itself too seriously: It’s a delivery system for fabulousness, right up to its Mamma Mia!–like finale, and as such it succeeds. It falls a bit shy, but it’s strong enough."https://www.timeout.com/newyork/theater/the-cher-show
The Guardian is mixed, giving 3 of 5 stars. "Broadway musical is a mixed bag of pop excess...A jukebox ode to the megastar contains some dazzling numbers but suffers from some clumsy storytelling"https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2018/dec/03/cher-show-review-broadway-musical-is-a-mixed-bag-of-pop-excess
The Stage (UK) is mixed, giving 3 of 5 stars. "It’s basically a tribute show performed by talented impersonators, with as many cringe-worthy moments as funny ones."https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2018/cher-show-review-neil-simon-theatre-new-york/
Chicago Tribune is definitely mixed but leans positive:https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/sc-ent-cher-show-broadway-review-1204-story,amp.html
Entertainment Weekly is mixed, giving it a B grade. "The Cher Show feels less like storytelling than like the pop goddess staging her therapy sessions. Other times it seems like her Wikipedia page set to music. What it rarely achieves is becoming a fully realized evening of theater. But it is, in the tradition of the American jukebox musical, a fair simulation."https://ew.com/theater-reviews/2018/12/03/the-cher-show-broadway-review/?utm_term=70EE0362-F768-11E8-8046-64A34744363C
amNY is mixed to negative, giving 2.5 of 4 stars. "Before the show turned into a clunky, schmaltzy mess in Act II, I was rather enjoying the show for what it is, which says a lot about Cher’s mass appeal, the talent at work in 'The Cher Show' and just how low this audience member's expectations have sunk when it comes to the jukebox musical subgenre."https://www.amny.com/entertainment/the-cher-show-review-1.24188351Charles Isherwood over at BroadwayNews is mixed. "...it rarely escapes the draggy forces of gravity that weigh down so many bio-musicals: the murky formlessness of any life, and the challenge of weaving a star’s songbook into its events. And yet for Cher-lovers...the musical provides plenty of glitter-festooned, quasi-campy diversions."https://broadway.news/2018/12/03/review-the-cher-show-offers-a-bumpy-ride-through-an-icons-career/
The Stage is mixed but ends with “The Cher Show attempts to deliver a message of female empowerment, despite the fact that the narrative is centred around her relationships with men. Still it succeeds as a story of one woman’s persistence and survival.”https://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2018/cher-show-review-neil-simon-theatre-new-york/
Sara Holdren for Vulture is passionately negative. "Nice try, but not today, sparkly satan. The Cher Show is not good. It’s extravagantly, almost triumphantly not good. It’s such a garish, obvious pastiche, such an unabashedly soulless explosion of wigs and trite memoir wisdom, that somewhere in the midst of its overinflated two and a half hours—probably during one of its dips into stodgy, life-lesson-y sentiment between showstoppers—you start to wonder: Is this gusher of shamelessness the only thing that could have happened here?"https://www.vulture.com/2018/12/theater-review-how-over-the-top-should-the-cher-show-be.html
Jesse Green is in for The New York Times—negative. "Except for the dozens of eye-popping outfits Mr. Mackie gorgeously recreates for the occasion, it’s all gesture, no craft: dramatically threadbare and surprisingly unrevealing."https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/03/theater/review-in-the-cher-show-i-got-you-babe-and-you-and-you.html?partner=IFTTT
Worth noting that despite all the negative reviews for the show itself, Stephanie J. Block pretty much got universal love for her performance. From Green's review:"It’s only with Star — the 'bad-ass,' mature Cher — that we get a character who rewards our attention. She also rewards the efforts of the fine singing actress Stephanie J. Block; once Ms. Block takes over it feels as if Star has swallowed Babe and Lady whole. Not only does she ace Cher’s vocal inflections and physical mannerisms, including the half-mast eyes, the arm akimbo and the dancing-from-the-hair-up hauteur, but she somehow integrates them into a portrait of a woman at odds with the very dream that sustained her."
© 2019 Wisdom Digital Media