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The Cher Show announces actresses set to play musical icon at different stages of life

The musical is set to tour the UK and Ireland from April 2022.

By Will Stroude

Words: Will Stroude; Image: Matt Crockett

The Cher Show has unveiled the actresses set to play legendary performer Cher in the hit musical’s upcoming UK and Ireland tour (tickets are availabe here).

West End stars Debbie Kurup, Danielle Steers and Millie O’Connell will play the ‘Strong Enough’ singer at different stages of life in the first European production of Rick Elice’s Tony Award-winning show, which opened on Broadway in 2018.

Millie O’Connell as ‘Babe’ (Image: Matt Crockett)

O’Connell (Six: The Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie), who plays ‘Babe’, will portray Cher in her younger Sonny & Cher years, while Steers (Six: The Musical, Beautiful – The Carole King Musical) will play ‘Lady’, which imagines Cher in her ’70s TV variety show hey-day.

Danielle Steers as ‘Lady’ (Image: Matt Crockett)

Kurup (The Prince of EgyptThe Bodyguard) will play ‘Star’, aka Cher in her resurgent ’90s ‘Believe’ era and beyond.

Featuring 35 of Cher’s biggest hits, including ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’, ‘I Got You Babe’, ‘Strong Enough’, ‘The Shoop Shoop Song’, The Cher Show‘s UK and Ireland tour is directed by former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips and has been choreographed by former Strictly professional dancer Oti Mabuse.

Debbie Kurup as ‘Star’ (Image: Matt Crockett)

An official synopsis of the show reads: “From a young child with big dreams, the shy daughter of an Armenian American truck driver, to the dizzying heights of global stardom, The Cher Show tells the incredible story of Cher’s meteoric rise to fame. 

“Cher takes the audience by the hand and introduces them to the influential people in her life, from her mother and Sonny Bono, to fashion designer and costumier Bob Mackie.

“It shows how she battled the men who underestimated her, fought the conventions and, above all, was a trailblazer for independence.”  

The Cher Show UK and Ireland tour runs from 15 April 2022 – February 2023. For venues and tickets, click here.