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The Reviews for THE CHER SHOW are In…

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The critics have spoken and The Cher Show is bound to be a good time for big time fans, but maybe less of a winner for the rest of us. The songs are, of course, hits, the leads acquit themselves (Stephanie J. Block, Teal Weaks, and Micaela Diamond deliver fine performances as Cher in the Star, Lady, and Babe stages of her career), and the costumes by Bob Mackie are fabulous. But there’s a less fun side to the story – and I don’t mean the actual story, which never gets too serious. The critics say the plot line is thin, many songs are only loosely connected to the story, and many characters are treated as caricatures, erasing all the interesting personal questions patrons might actually hope to see explored. So we go back to where we started – Cher lovers unite for a fun night in celebration of your favorite artist, the rest of you bemoan another jukebox musical that maybe coulda been something more interesting.

NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF THE CHER SHOW

There’s a fine line between tacky and spectacular. In creating costumes for Cher over the years — costumes that often tell the story of a shy woman emerging triumphant from a chrysalis — the designer Bob Mackie has kept on the right side of the line by making sure the level of craft supports the extravagance of the gesture…

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DEADLINE REVIEW OF THE CHER SHOW

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, opening tonight at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre, might not disappoint anyone likely to applaud a Bob Mackie-designed Oscar gown, but neither does it do any boundary-pushing. So very…

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VARIETY REVIEW OF THE CHER SHOW

Choosing to recreate the spirit of the television variety shows that Sonny and Cher — and then Cher sans Sonny — headlined in the ‘70s is a choice that lands as flat as the jokes in Broadway’s latest jukebox bio, “The Cher Show.” Its attempt to celebrate the resilience of its “bad-ass” star and her half-century career…

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HOLLYWOOD REPORTER REVIEW OF THE CHER SHOW

Her characteristic sleepy-eyed drollery is all over The Cher Show, not least in the delectable star turn of Stephanie J. Block, one of three performers playing the Goddess of the Eternal Farewell Tour at various ages. That triplicate device was used less effectively last season in the woeful Summer: The Donna…

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THE GUARDIAN REVIEW OF THE CHER SHOW

Cher’s fandom is assured. The exuberant, occasionally tacky jukebox musical that tells her life story is more faltering. The Cher Show, like last year’s Donna Summer musical, requires three actors (and the occasional dancer) to play one jukebox queen. Micaela Diamond is Babe, Teal Wicks is Lady, Stephanie J Block is…

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