THE CHER SHOW  Is A Show Stopper! Thru May 5th Only, Denver’s Buell Theatre

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By Joe Contreras, Latin Life Denver Media, Informational text and bio by Denver Center for The Performing Arts/Applause Magazine. Photos by Meredith
Mashburn Photography

It’s not often you see a Broadway Musical dedicated to an individual who is still alive. I can’t think of a time that has ever happened. Not Elvis, Prince, Michael Jackson. They had all passed before tribute musicals and impersonators came to be. But Cher, she still has it going on. At 77 she still has it going on. She is living the life dating 42 year old Alexander “AE” Edwards and occasionally making the rounds on the talk show circuit. (see her bio below)

The CHER SHOW is spectacular with non stop hit after hit that makes it impossible to sit still in your seat and by show’s end you will be up and dancing. “I don’t think I have ever seen so many costume changes in one show. They are all fabulous,” said one theatre goer at the Buell theatre opening night. The show is only in Denver thru May 5th. Tickets

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 is the Tony Award®-winning musical of her story, and it’s packed with so much Cher that it takes three women to play her: the kid starting out, the glam pop star, and the icon.

Cher is an American singer and actress. She rose to fame in 1965 alongside then-husband Sonny Bono with the duet “I Got You Babe.” In 1971, the duo launched their CBS variety show The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, which ran until 1974. As a solo artist, Cher’s hit songs include “Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves,” “Half-Breed,” “Dark Lady and “If I Could Turn Back Time.” She won a Grammy for best dance recording for her 1998 hit “Believe.”  In the 1980s, Cher starred in Silkwood (1983), Mask (1985), The Witches of Eastwick (1987) and Moonstruck (1987), which she earned an Oscar for in 1988 for Best Actress. Cher’s other popular films include Mermaids (1990), Burlesque (2010) and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018).

THE CHER SHOW is 35 smash hits, six decades of stardom, two rock-star husbands, a Grammy® , an Oscar® , an Emmy® , and enough Tony Award-winning Bob Mackie gowns to cause a sequin shortage in New York City, all in one unabashedly fabulous new musical that will have audiences dancing in the aisles.

The Cher Show is 35 smash hits, six decades of stardom, two rock-star husbands, a Grammy, an Oscar, an Emmy and enough Tony-winning Bob Mackie gowns to cause a sequin shortage. The Cher Show is so much Cher that it takes three actresses to recount one legendary career.

Spread out over six decades, the totality of Cher’s accomplishments may be hard to comprehend. Consider this decade-by-decade look at her career highlights and you’ll understand why she is a legend.

May 20, 1946

Born Cherilyn Sarkisian to an Armenian-American father and an Irish-English-German-Cherokee mother.


At 16, Cher heads to LA where she meets producer Phil Spector and becomes a backup singer for such groups as The Ronettes and The Righteous Brothers. She meets Sonny Bono and their friendship turns into a romance. They release “I Got You Babe” and rocket to the top of the charts. They continue to turn out hits while Cher becomes a solo artist with her first release, “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).”


In the face of diminishing sales, the duo develops an act that ultimately becomes “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” (CBS, 1971-1974). When the show ends, so too does their marriage. Building upon her celebrity, the multi-faceted performer sets out to redefine herself, resulting in the first No. 1 solo hit of her career with “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves.”


Cher turns to acting, first starring on Broadway and then the big screen in Mask, Suspect, The Witches of Eastwick, Silkwood (Golden Globe, Supporting Actress), and Moonstruck (Academy Award, Best Actress). But she still remains atop the music charts with “I Found Someone,” “If I Could Turn Back Time” and “Just Like Jesse James.”


Cher stars in If These Walls Could Talk, Tea with Mussolini, and Mermaids, which also features her pop cover of “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss).” Soon, her music fills the club scene and she releases Believe for which the title song wins a Grammy for Best Dance Recording.


Soon after releasing Living Proof, Cher announces her retirement from live performance and sets out on a 325-date farewell tour. One performance is televised, scoring her three 2003 Emmy Awards. After a brief hiatus, Cher returns to the stage in Las Vegas where she holds court for 192 shows from 2008-2011.


Cher releases her first album in 12 years with Closer to the Truth in 2013, returns to Vegas with Classic Cher, and stars in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!

According to Wikipedia, Cher is the only artist to have a #1 single on a Billboard chart in each of the past seven decades with a total of 34 Top 40 hits. She is a fashion icon, an award-winning actress and a music legend. She is Cher.

DETAILS The Cher Show May 3-5 • Buell Theatre Tickets