The Beat Goes On!

Bob Mackie is collaborating with Cher in designing costumes for “The Cher Show,” a forthcoming musical based on the singer’s life and career, which debuts with a yet-to-be-announced cast at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago on June 12 before making its way to Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre in the fall.

In a first look at the upcoming show’s costumes, three of Mackie’s sketches have been released. Each of the designs represents a different era of Cher’s life—from a 1960s-inspired Cher sporting striped flare pants, a fur vest and bangs to a bedazzled two-piece set resembling Cher’s 1988 Oscars look.

The musical is based on the life of Cher from her childhood in Los Angeles to her glamorous days on television to selling millions of records and becoming an Oscar-winning actress. Its name pays nod to the icon’s former CBS variety show, The Cher Show, which followed her series with Sonny Bono in the 1970s.

The Broadway adaptation has already gained the seal of approval from Cher herself—who broke the news last year on Twitter, writing: “I sobbed and laughed, and I was prepared not to like it. Audience clapped after songs, and gave it standing ovation.”

The Cher Show will have a pre-Broadway premiere at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre from June 12 – July 15, 2018 before hitting Broadway this fall. For more information visit

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