Cher Musical “Believe” Premiering In Chicago Before Heading To Broadway

"Having my life told in a musical is both exhilarating and terrifying."

The Cher musical is finally heading to the stage: Believe: The Cher Show will premiere next June at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre , spending just five weeks there before a planned Broadway transfer next fall.

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The musical details Cher’s personal and professional life using some of her most famous hits, including “I Got You Babe,” “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” “If I Could Turn Back Time,” and, of course, “Believe.” The jukebox musical will be structured like one of Cher’s ’70s TV variety shows, with three different actresses playing the Dark Lady in various stages of her evolution.

“My life as a musical on Broadway. It seems crazy, exciting and bizarre—but that’s probably how my life seems to most people,” Cher said in a statement.

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Rick Elice (Jersey Boys) is writing the book with Jason Moore (Avenue Q) directing, choreography from Christopher Gattelli (Newsies) and musical arrangements from
Daryl Waters (Memphis).

“Having my life told in a musical is both exhilarating and terrifying,” Cher told the Chicago Tribune. “But Rick says that’s what makes great theater.”

After a staged reading in January, Cher beamed about the production. “I sobbed and laughed—and I was prepared not to like it,” the 71-year-old diva tweeted. “The audience clapped song after song and gave it a standing ovation.”

Trish Bendix is a Los Angeles-based writer.