By Catherine Collins
Cher has been delighting audiences around the world for six decades, and last night The Cher Show paid perfect tribute to the Goddess of Pop, when it opened at Mayflower Theatre (3 January 2023).
The show follows Cher’s incredible life story through the highest and lowest moments in her career and personal life, from a young child with an unsettled family life to the dizzying heights of global stardom.
We are not just treated to one stunning vocalist in this show, instead we have a trilogy of outstanding leading ladies playing the legend herself – Millie O’Connell as the younger Babe, Danielle Steers as Lady, and Debbie Kurup as the ultimate diva, Star.
And although all three performances were some of the best I have seen on the Mayflower Theatre stage, my favourite of the night was Danielle Steers – her stage presence seemed natural and effortless, and her voice was exceptional.
A special mention also has to go to Tori Scott, who gave an impressive portrayal of Cher’s mother, Georgia. Her vocal performance was strong and captivating and left me wanting to see her more than we did.
Directed by Arlene Phillips, this is a lavish production with plenty of dazzling costumes, designed by Gabriella Slade, and dramatic dance numbers, choreographed by Oti Mabuse and performed by a more than capable ensemble, all backed by a simple set design.
The show is packed with so many of Cher’s hit songs, including If I Could Turn Back Time, I Got You Babe, and, of course, 90s’ floor filler Believe – and the curtain call had the audience singing and dancing along.
In all, The Cher Show is the post Christmas feel good pick-me-up that we didn’t know we needed!
The Cher Show runs until 7 January 2023, tickets available from: mayflower.org.uk or 02380 711811.
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