For plenty of pop music’s most iconic artists, Broadway has become an one of the expected stops on a career path as musicals about their lives, or based on their songbooks, are developed with greater and greater frequency each year. But few artists have a life both on and offstage as fascinating as the latest legend to enter the world of musical theater: Cher.
The singer, comedienne, actress and all-around trailblazer is the subject of The Cher Show (playing now at New York's Neil Simon Theatre), where three actresses embody different chapters of the "Believe" star's life while singing and dancing through 35 of her most beloved hits. Those women -- Stephanie J. Block, Micaela Diamond, and Teal Wicks -- along with their Sonny, Jarrod Spector, stopped by the Billboard on Broadway podcast to discuss the transformations they’ve made -- often in front of Cher herself.
While the three women came to The Cher Show from differing backgrounds -- Diamond is a Broadway newcomer, while Block is a Tony-nominated veteran -- they found commonality in their attraction to Cher as a richly multi-faceted woman to embody. “She doesn’t shy away from the bold choice,” says Wicks. Block explains that though the audience sees Cher’s various incarnations (and wardrobes) over the decades, “We never say she’s reinvented herself. She’s just constantly been there -- she’s one of the most resilient people you’ll ever meet," Block says.