Cher’s “farewell” celebration seems an endless exercise. The entertainment legend actually surpassed the 10th anniversary of her “Living Proof: Farewell Tour” last year. In the years in between, she stopped by the MGM Grand Garden Arena on her 2014 “Dressed to Kill” tour and performed a three-year residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Buy Cher Tickets, best seats in the house!
But now, Cher, a fiery 70 years old, is serious, insisting that the run of just-announced “Classic Cher” performances at the Park Theater at Monte Carlo will cap her career as a live performer. The set of 18 shows opens Feb. 8 at the 5,300-seat venue and runs through May. 25, with more dates to be added.
“This is the last show, and we are going to give people something they want to see,” Cher said during a phone conversation as she drove the Pacific Coast Highway to her home in Malibu, Calif. “I’ll sing all my biggest hits. I’ll present them in a way that is memorable, with new technology, computer-generated images on the big screens, and people will be overcome by the production.”
And a Cher production requires a parade of costume changes. Expect another wardrobe parade at Park Theater.
“I’ve done that since my first solo show in Las Vegas,” she said. “I did it even though people put me down so badly. I really have had a love-hate relationship with Las Vegas over the years.”
Cher has been vocal about vociferous in her dissatisfaction with her shows at the Colosseum. “It was terrible for me. I felt I put on a really good show, but the audience did not get the benefit of that show,” she said. “The Colosseum is not conducive to standing and dancing. It’s really more like an opera house, and I felt people didn’t have the freedom to have a good time.” She has been updated on the plans for The Park Theater and says, “From all the specs I have seen, this will be a high-energy place.”
Cher said she’s had a great time performing Grand Garden Arena over the years, developing a strong relationship with many of the MGM Resorts officials responsible for luring her to The Park Theater. She also fondly recalls her earliest shows in the city, recording a live double-album at the Sahara in 1974, then moving into Circus Maximus in 1976 for her debut as a soloist.
“Sonny and I were supposed to play Caesars (at the Circus Maximus showroom) together and it was going to be a really big deal,” Cher said. “Then we broke up, but I came back and did it. It was a dinner show, and they can be kind of a pain because people are eating … but it was really, really fun.”
Cher did break the conversation to ask about how the presidential debates played out in Las Vegas. I asked if she had watched.
“Oh, hell no. I couldn’t. I took a bath instead,” she said. “I couldn’t watch any of them.” She has fired on Donald Trump on Twitter and says, “I’ve used my Twitter to show my anger and frustration and a pain, deep pain I almost can’t bear sometimes … I just don’t understand how a person like Donald Trump could be steps away from the presidency.” By the time she returns to Las Vegas, the new president will be sworn in and Cher will be the second resident headliner — after Bruno Mars — to play Park Theater.
“I hope there will be enough things that people will be excited to see,” she said, “and I hope we create some sort of magic.”
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Source – Las Vegas Review