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Oriental Theatre- Ford Center for the Performing Arts (Chicago, IL)
24 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL

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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.


Carolee Carmello, Kara Lindsay, Ken Page and More Announced For 2018 Broadway At Music Circus Season in Sacramento
by BWW News Desk - May 24, 2018

After auditioning performers in New York City, Los Angeles and Sacramento, Broadway Sacramento has confirmed casting for the six shows in the 68th Broadway At Music Circus season. The casts include a number of Broadway veterans-some of whom are making their Broadway At Music Circus debuts-and audience favorites from previous Broadway At Music Circus productions. (more...)

Photos: THE CHER SHOW Prepares to Ship Out for Its Chicago Premiere!
by BWW News Desk - May 23, 2018

The Cher Show, the new musical based on the life and six-decade career of the iconic singer and actress, will have its pre-Broadway world premiere in Chicago with previews beginning on June 12, 2018 at the Oriental Theatre before making its Broadway debut at the Neil Simon Theatre in Fall 2018. Check out some photos of the cast in rehearsal below before they ship out for their out of town tryout! (more...)

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of RuPaul's DRAG RACE Season 10 Perform Their Very Own Cher Musical!
by TV News Desk - May 14, 2018

On last week's Rupaul's Drag Race, the queens pay tribute in a glamtastic musical tribute to the one and only, Cher. RuPaul's Drag Race, the fiercest competition on primetime is currently in its 10th season. Each supersized, 90-minute episode of RuPaul's Drag Race gives fans more fashion, lip-syncs and drag than ever before. (more...)

THE CHER SHOW Announces Digital Lottery For Chicago Run
by BWW News Desk - Jun 8, 2018

Broadway In Chicago and Producers Flody Suarez and Jeffrey Seller are pleased to announce a digital lottery, powered by Broadway Direct, for the Pre-Broadway Premiere The Cher Show, which will begin previews on June 12, 2018 at Broadway In Chicago's Oriental Theatre (24 W. Randolph) and will play a strictly limited engagement in Chicago through July 15, 2018. (more...)

VIDEO: Meet The Cast And Creative Of THE CHER SHOW in Chicago
by M. William Panek - Jun 6, 2018

The Cher Show, the new musical based on the life and six-decade career of the iconic singer and actress, will have its pre-Broadway world premiere in Chicago with previews beginning on June 12, 2018 at the Oriental Theatre before making its Broadway debut at the Neil Simon Theatre in Fall 2018. We caught up with the cast this morning as they met the press in Chicago! See the video below! (more...)

THE CHER SHOW's Broadway Ticket Presale Has Begun, and General Sale Date is Announced
by BWW News Desk - Jun 6, 2018

Tickets for the Broadway production of the new musical The Cher Show are on sale exclusively for American Express Card Members. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, June 6 at 10am EST through Wednesday, June 13 at 9:59am EST by visiting www.Ticketmaster.com or calling 877-250-2929. (more...)

Photo Flash: The Cast Of THE CHER SHOW Meets The Press in Chicago
by BWW News Desk - Jun 5, 2018

The Cher Show, the new musical based on the life and six-decade career of the iconic singer and actress, will have its pre-Broadway world premiere in Chicago with previews beginning on June 12, 2018 at the Oriental Theatre before making its Broadway debut at the Neil Simon Theatre in Fall 2018. We caught up with the cast this morning as they met the press in Chicago! See the photos below! (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Cast of THE CHER SHOW Takes Their Opening Night Bows
by Walter McBride - Jun 29, 2018

The Cher Show officially opened its pre-Broadway run in Chicago last night, June 28. Check out photos of the cast taking their opening night bows below! (more...)

Review Roundup: Do the Critics 'Believe' in THE CHER SHOW in Chicago?
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2018

The Cher Show took its opening night bows in Chicago last night, June 28. Let's see what the critics are saying... (more...)

Up on the Marquee: The 2018-19 Broadway Season Begins!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 29, 2018

The Tonys have come and gone, which means that the 2018-2019 Broadway season has already begun! Sixteen shows are scheduled to open before the end of the year, including: The Boys in the Band (already open), Straight White Men, Head Over Heels, Gettin' the Band Back Together, Pretty Woman: The Musical, Bernhardt/Hamlet, The Nap, The Lifespan of a Fact, The Ferryman, The Waverly Gallery, Torch Song, American Son, King Kong, The Prom, The Cher Show and To Kill a Mockingbird. (more...)

BWW Review: Broadway-Bound THE CHER SHOW In Chicago
by Rachel Weinberg - Jun 29, 2018

The pre-Broadway engagement of The Cher Show has made its way to Chicago in a blaze of colorful, over-the-top energy and replete with the artist's chart-topping hits. Three utterly talented women share the title role: Broadway veteran Stephanie J. Block as Star, Teal Wicks as Lady, and newcomer Micaela Diamond as Babe. Together, these actors deliver a powerhouse trio of performances worthy of Cher herself. Diehard Cher fans will be pleased to know that such iconic songs as 'I Got You, Babe,' 'If I Could Turn Back Time,' and, of course, 'Believe' are in more than capable hands. (more...)

Brief 6/29: First Look at SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Jun 29, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: get a first look at Encores! production of Songs For a New World, and more! (more...)

Photo Flash: It's Cher x3! First Look at Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks & Micaela Diamond in THE CHER SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2018

Superstars come and go. Cher is forever. For six straight decades, only one unstoppable force has flat-out dominated popular culture - breaking down barriers, pushing boundaries, and letting nothing and no one stand in her way. The Cher Show takes its opening night bows in Chicago tonight, June 28. Check out a first look at the Broadway-bound cast in action below! (more...)

VIDEO: Stephanie J Block and Jarrod Spector Spill What it Was Like Performing THE CHER SHOW for Cher
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2018

Bio musicals are tricky in their own way, but what's it like when the source of the life's story is sitting in the fifth row? Stephanie J. Block, Jarrod Spector, and the cast of The Cher Show found this out firsthand when the iconic diva snuck in to see the show's Chicago debut. They chat with WGN about the experience and the show below! (more...)

Broadway In Chicago Announces 1776 Half-Price Tickets
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2018

Broadway In Chicago is delighted to announce that the pre-Broadway engagement of The Cher Show, the Chicago premiere of HEARTBREAK HOTEL, prequel to Million Dollar Quartet, WAITRESS and THE COLOR PURPLE will make 1776 half-price tickets available through the League of Chicago Theatres' Hot Tix program through July 8, 2018. (more...)

BWW Poll Results: Readers Want a Prince Musical to Head to Broadway Next!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 27, 2018

With a King of Pop musical on the way, we were curious about which which musical phenomenon you'd like to see on a Broadway stage next. The people have spoken! (more...)

Brief 6/26: Watch the Full JIMMY AWARDS, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Jun 26, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: Watch the full ceremony of the 2018 Jimmy Awards, and more! (more...)

Season Two of 'Indoor Boys,' Starring Wesley Taylor and Alex Wyse Premieres On Huffpost Queer Voices Today
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2018

Indie Award-winning series 'Indoor Boys' returns today! The series is created, directed, and starring Broadway's Wesley Taylor (SpongeBob SquarePants; NBC's 'SMASH') and Alex Wyse (Spring Awakening; Marvel's 'Iron Fist'). With a total of eight new chapters, Season Two premieres TODAY, MONDAY, June 25, 2018 on HuffPost Queer Voices, with two episodes released each Monday for 4 weeks. (more...)

Photo: The Chers of THE CHER SHOW Cher A Moment with Cher!
by Alexa Criscitiello - Jun 25, 2018

Cher swung by the out of town tryout of her new musical this week and went nose to nose backstage with the three actresses who share the mammoth task of portraying this American icon. Stephanie J. Block tweeted an exclusive photo from Cher meeting the Chers of The Cher Show.  (more...)

Cher Sees CHER SHOW in Chicago: 'Much Better Than I Thought It Would Be'
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2018

The Cher Show has begun previews in Chicago, and who better to catch an early look than Cher herself! The superstar stopped by the Oriental Theatre for three performances this past weekend to check out the show. 'Some parts of it are really fabulous. We're going to work on the other parts. In many parts, it was much, much better than I thought it would be. And there were no parts where I wanted to gouge my eyes out,' she tells the Chicago Tribune. 'It needs work. I'm not supposed to say that but I don't care.' (more...)

The Orchard Project Announces Participants In New Episodic Lab For TV Writers
by TV News Desk - Jun 21, 2018

The Orchard Project, a nationally renowned performance laboratory, today announced the six original, independent pilots selected to participate in its first annual Episodic Lab. More than 430 artists applied to the inaugural year of the Episodic Lab, which will help writers develop television and episodic content, working with accomplished showrunners and producers as mentors. The pioneer artists include playwrights, cartoonist, and screenwriters — and they are working on a diverse set of pilots, focusing on everything from the world of rap to the world of celebrity cruises. Selected artists and projects include: BRIGHTSTAR! By Michael Cyril Creighton; CRACK'D by Nako Adodoadji; THE PARK by Amy Jephta; THE SHAMROCKS by Chris Sharp and Kate Barry; THE STRIP by Tom Toro; and TINO & HEDDY by Patricia Scanlon and Louis Mustillo. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Chicago - Week of 6/20/2018
by BWW News Desk - Jun 20, 2018

Upcoming Shows - Week of 6/20/2018 for Chicago (more...)

Mark Cortale Productions Makes Plans To Relocate Provincetown Theatre Base For Summer 2019
by BWW News Desk - Jun 19, 2018

Mark Cortale, Producing Artistic Director of Provincetown's internationally known Art House theater, has announced that he has begun to search for a new summer location for 2019. Cortale learned last week that the twin 120-seat theaters at The Art House will be gutted by the property owner after the current summer season due to restaurant expansion plans. The news comes on the heels of seven consecutive seasons of remarkable success; thriving outposts of its famed 'Broadway @' music series in major venues across the country and abroad; and the recent announcement of its largest lineup of Broadway, comedy and music stars yet for its P-Town home. (more...)

Bid to Win Tickets to the Opening Night and After Party of THE CHER SHOW
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2018

You and a guest will have the opportunity to attend the opening night of The Cher Show on June 28th at Chicago's Oriental Theatre. (more...)

The Rally Cat Presents The Music Of Aferdian Stephens
by BWW News Desk - Jun 14, 2018

The Rally Cat, a new, energized performing arts company based in New York City, launches its inaugural season on July 21st with a concert of new music by award-winning composer Aferdian Stephens at the National Opera Center at 1:30 PM. (more...)

Photo Flash: Carol Burnett Visits Bob Mackie at THE CHER SHOW
by Nicole Ciravolo - Jun 14, 2018

Tony-Award Winner Carol Burnett stopped by The Cher Show at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago to visit her designer-of-choice, Bob Mackie. She was there to support his new show starring Stephanie J. Block at the final dress rehearsal before opening night. (more...)

Could TINA Be the Next Diva Musical to Hit Broadway?
by Stephanie Wild - Jun 14, 2018

Could Tina Turner be the next diva to hit the Great White Way? Donna Summer has found a place on Broadway and joining her soon will be Cher in the upcoming musical The Cher Show. The New York Post seems to think that Tina could be next. (more...)

Rattlestick's NEW SONGS NOW to Feature Georgia Stitt, Lucas Steele, and More
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2018

Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has announced the line-up for performers and post-show facilitators for NEW SONGS NOW, an unplugged concert series taking place July 22 through July 26 at 7:00pm at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 9, 2018
by - Jul 9, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 9 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 8, 2018
by - Jul 8, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 8 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 7, 2018
by - Jul 7, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 7 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 7/6 - THE CHER SHOW, THE KING AND I, and More!
by BWW Special - Jul 6, 2018

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature The Cher Show, THE KING AND I, and More! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 6, 2018
by - Jul 6, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 6 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 5, 2018
by - Jul 5, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 5 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

PHOTO/VIDEO: Alex Wyse and Wesley Taylor's INDOOR BOYS Launches Season 2
by BWW News Desk - Jul 5, 2018

The Indie Award-winning series "Indoor Boys" created, directed, and starring Broadway's Wesley Taylor (SpongeBob SquarePants; NBC's "SMASH") and Alex Wyse (Spring Awakening; Marvel's "Iron Fist") recently celebrated the launch of its second season. With a total of eight new chapters, Season Two premiered June 25, 2018 with two episodes released each Monday for 4 weeks through July. Check out photos from the launch plus catch up on episodes 1 and 2! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 3, 2018
by - Jul 3, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 3 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 2, 2018
by - Jul 2, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 2 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

Rattlestick Announces Chant Bank's RESISTANCE JAMBOREE Featuring Lisa Kron
by BWW News Desk - Jul 19, 2018

???????RATTLESTICK PLAYWRIGHTS THEATER in partnership with CHANT BANK and ST. JOHN'S IN THE VILLAGE is pleased to announce RESISTANCE JAMBOREE taking place on July 22, 2018 from 1:00pm-3:00pm at St. John's in the Village (218 West 11th St). (more...)

Brief 7/16: The Public's FIRE IN DREAMLAND Opens, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Jul 16, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: The Public's Fire in Dreamland opens tonight, and more! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 15, 2018
by - Jul 15, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 15 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

THE CHER SHOW Cancels Final Performance in Chicago Due to Technical Error
by Stephanie Wild - Jul 15, 2018

The Cher Show cancelled its final performance in Chicago, which was set for today, July 15, due to a technical issue. The issue was announced to the audience shortly after the show was set to begin. A mini concert was performed in lieu of the full production, including 4 songs. (more...)

Kidz Theater Presents CABARET
by BWW News Desk - Jul 14, 2018

Starting next Friday, Kidz Theater presents a new production of Cabaret, written by John Kander and Fred Ebb with a book by Joe Masteroff. The final show in Kidz Theater's tenth anniversary season in New York City, this new production brings together some of the most talented young performers in the tri-state area to finish off our 10th Anniversary Season in New York City! Cabaret plays at The Connelly Theater (220 East 4th Street) from Friday July 20th to Sunday, July 29th. General Admission tickets are $35.00 in advance, with student tickets at $20.00 and orchestra table seats at $25.00. Tickets can be purchased at www.kidztheater.org/tickets. (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 14, 2018
by - Jul 14, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 14 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

BWW's On This Day - July 13, 2018
by - Jul 13, 2018

Here are the Broadway, Off-Broadway and West End shows which opened on July 13 along with all of the upcoming show openings, closings and special events! (more...)

3rd Annual YoungArts Foundation Gala Raises More Than 700k For Emerging Artists
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2018

On Wednesday, April 18, 2018, the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts), along with honorary co-chairs Agnes Gund, Naeem Khan and Anna Deavere Smith, and gala co-chairs Sarah Arison, Diana DiMenna and Sandra Tamer, welcomed more than 220 of New York's top cultural and community leaders, philanthropists, celebrities and art aficionados to the third annual YoungArts New York Gala. (more...)

Off Broadway Alliance Hosts Seminar 'Is There Life After Off-Broadway?'
by BWW News Desk - Apr 24, 2018

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing firms, will hold the next event in its Seminars series focused on the Off Broadway Producing Process on Saturday April 28th 2018. (more...)

Brief 4/18: THE SEAFARER, HEAD OVER HEELS in San Francisco, and More!
by Stephanie Wild - Apr 18, 2018

Good morning BroadwayWorld! Today's top stories: The Seafarer, starring Matthew Broderick, opens tonight, and Head Over Heels opens its pre-Broadway run in San Francisco tonight! (more...)

Cher, Cher, Cher Everywhere! Meet the Leading Ladies of Broadway-Bound THE CHER SHOW!
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2018

Alongside Tony Award nominee Stephanie J. Block (Falsettos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), The Cher Show will star Teal Wicks (Wicked, Finding Neverland), and Micaela Diamond (Broadway debut) in the role of the iconic singer and actress at various times in her life and career. Get to know the three leading ladies with some of their past performances below! (more...)

BREAKING: Teal Wicks, Micaela Diamond, and More Will Star Alongside Stephanie J. Block in THE CHER SHOW; Full Cast Set
by BWW News Desk - Apr 17, 2018

Broadway In Chicago and Producers Flody Suarez and Jeffrey Seller announced today complete casting for the Pre-Broadway Premiere of the new musical The Cher Show at Broadway In Chicago's Oriental Theatre. (more...)

OFF BROADWAY ALLIANCE Hosts Seminar On Touring, Licensing 4/28
by BWW News Desk - Apr 12, 2018

The Off Broadway Alliance, the organization of Off Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing firms, will hold the next event in its Seminars series focused on the Off Broadway Producing Process on Saturday April 28th 2018.  (more...)

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