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Re: Jukebox musical thread

Postby Sweetbaby » Tue May 01, 2018 9:35 pm

ImageWell - Donna Summer is obviously somewhat more of an audience-magnet than I anticipated: in the first week of its official run her bio-musical drew on average a 92% full house with a total gross of $1,055,612. Probably almost all of the first week's audience bought tickets prior to the avalanche of icy reviews but with that much evident interest there's at least a good chance that the show will indeed be another critic-proof jukebox musical. And the just-announced Tony nominations for two of the three Donnas as respectively lead and featured musical actress will at least buoy and perhaps boost audience interest.
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Re: Jukebox musical thread

Postby Sweetbaby » Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:06 pm

ImageThe Cher Show opened at the Oriental Theatre in Chicago two nights ago: not sure when (or if) there's going to be a press night - as yet there's no apparent reviews. The show runs at the Oriental until July 15: previews for the Broadway run are scheduled to begin at the Neil Simon Theatre on November 1 with the official opening night December 3.
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Postby Sweetbaby » Fri Jun 29, 2018 3:22 am

ImageCher herself caught a preview performance of The Cher Show last weekend and opined: "Some parts of it are really fabulous. We’re going to work on the other parts...I’m not supposed to say that but I don’t care." I'm so impressed with her honesty that I'm really rooting for the musical to do well - hopefully as improved to her standards. And if the critically-mauled Donna Summer musical can become a Broadway success it's likely The Cher Show - with or without critical support - will do likewise. The Cher Show has its official premiere tonight (Thursday) so presumably tomorrow there'll be some reviews to - tee hee - share!
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Re: Jukebox musical thread

Postby Sweetbaby » Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:14 pm

ImageIf its first reviews prove exemplary The Cher Show won't have to overcome negative critical reaction. Rachel Weinberg launches her Broadwayworld.com assessment with the assertion that: "The pre-Broadway engagement of The Cher Show has made its way to Chicago in a blaze of colorful, over-the-top energy and replete with the artist's chart-topping hits", concluding that: "Overall, The Cher Show is a dazzling thrill that can be appreciated by hardcore Cher fans and those who have a more cursory knowledge of the bold and talented artist... [Micaela] Diamond ["Babe"], [Teal] Wicks ["Lady"], and [Stephanie J.] Block ["Star"] will easily have audiences believing in the power of Cher." In between there's nary a gripe about the production: although some scenes are deemed "clunky" the core "emotions...feel authentic": "The Cher Show does precisely what it's intended to do and does it well: captures the spirit of a determined and unique artist who rose to the top." The full review may be read here: https://www.broadwayworld.com/chicago/a ... o-20180629

A more in-depth analysis by Steven Oxman in Variety is more qualified in its praise: "The Cher Show captures a good amount of the vibrant personality and genuinely admirable perseverance that make Cher the ultimate celebrity survivor. But like Cher herself, the show careens from career to career without a consistent thrust other than awesome attitude... It’s funny but not that funny, clever but never interesting, and although it depicts Cher’s ability to go bigger and bolder, the show itself maintains a respectful tameness...Cher’s constant comebacks don’t feel very inspirational when we see only the highlights [and while]the performers playing Cher are all strong and all capture that unique husky sound ...it very rarely feels like they have an opportunity to let loose and have a blast." Reservations notwithstanding, in the context of the typical critical reaction to jukebox musicals Mr Oxman's assessment is (IMHO) "strong enough" (tee hee): his speculation that the Broadway boxoffice potential for The Cher Show will recall On Your Feet! rather than Beautiful is the most radiant piece of pessimism I can imagine. The full review may be read here: https://variety.com/2018/legit/reviews/ ... 202861646/
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