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Cher Bio-Musical Still In the Works; Rick Elice Sounds Off on Project’s Status

April 20th, 2016 | By Ryan McPhee

You haven’t seen the last of her! Pop superstar and Twitter icon Cher is still planning to turn back time and bring her life story to Broadway in a bio-musical. In October, the Oscar winner revealed she had tapped Jersey Boys book writer Rick Elice to pen the script. Elice recently spilled some details about the project to the New York Post. Here’s what we know so far:

The Show's Got Hamilton Muscle
The Cher musical—currently titled, appropriately enough, Cher: The Musical—already has some power players on the team. Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller is on board, as is TV executive Flody Suarez. This makes sense, as we all know Cher’s Dressing Room Playset is the original room where it happens.

Elice Gives Great Birthday Gifts
Elice has been at work on and off for some time now, and he’s ready to present the script just in time for a special milestone. The Tony nominee will first show the script to the producers. Then, on May 20—Cher’s 70th birthday—he’ll hand it off to the star herself. That’s one way to celebrate, as is wearing the f**k out of a dress.

No, You're Not Seeing Triple
As it currently stands, three actresses will play Cher at various points in her life: as a child, the romantic and creative partner of Sonny Bono and the pop culture legend she became. (Think Fun Home, or the original concept for Evita.) There was talk of Cher playing a fourth incarnation of herself, but that likely won’t happen. Still, that’s three times the dreamcasting!

Believe Those Songs Are In
Well, this one was a given: the songs that made Cher the music legend she is will make it to the stage. “So far, I’ve been working on this by myself. Well, me and iTunes,” Elice told the Post. Among those hits are “I Got You Babe,” “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” “Believe” and “If I Could Turn Back Time.” Elice, if it’s not too late, could you please find a way to shoehorn in this Cher classic?


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