“The Cher Show” Dazzles!

*** Recommended *** Prepare to be dazzled, “The Cher Show” is in town. It’s fun, it’s glamorous, it’s got great music, but it really needs work. Playwright Rick Elice has chosen to frame Cher’s story inside a TV special, so a TV producer decides what will fit TV time constraints, instead of letting Cher tell her own story. Cher is unique. She’s got that great contralto voice. She can deliver a snarky one-liner without cracking up. She wears Bob Mackie’s outrageously sexy clothes with aplomb. I was ready to love “The Cher Show” but they need to let Cher be Cher! 3 Spotlights

“The Cher Show” runs through July 15th at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph, Chicago. Most reasonable parking option is the garage on Randolph between Michigan and Wabash (across from the Cultural Center) at $15. Running time is 2 hours, 40 minutes, with an intermission. Performances are Tuesdays at 7:30 pm; Wednesdays at 2:00 and 7:30 pm; Thursdays at 7:30 pm; Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays at 2:00 and 8:00 pm; Sundays at 2:00 & 7:30 pm (no evening performance on July 15). Tickets range from $35-$115. FYI (312) 977-1710, (800) 775-2000, or

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