REVIEW: “I only have one thing to ask you. What’s your granny doing tonight?”
With that, a 72-year-old, sequin leotard clad Cher opened Spark Arena, to a crowd full of screaming, glittery, wig-wearing fans.
Yes, she may have lipsynced through the first few tracks, but give the woman a break – she is 72 for God’s sake.
And if the audience could tell she may not actually have been singing for the opening numbers, that couldn’t give a toss. They were too busy dancing down the aisles while throwing fist pumps to the ceiling.
It quickly became clear that when it comes to performing, this professional does not make it up as she goes along. This is a Vegas production. Nothing is spontaneous, every choreographic detail is finessed down to a fine art. The show is a well-oiled, jewel-encrusted machine. She is a well-oiled, jewel-encrusted machine.
She stuck pretty close to her usual set list, covering all her biggest hits including Strong Enough, If I Could Turn Back Time, Believe, and a tear-jerking version of I Got You Babe (sans Sonny obviously, but he was there in video form, posthumously). She fit some covers in there too, and Mamma Mia fans in the building lost their collective minds when she surprised them with some extra ABBA bangers.
I lost count after the sixth wig change, but there was probably a new head of hair for each and every song.
Never shy of a costume change or a dozen, the diva flitted through an array of rainbow coloured, sequin-dripping ensembles, each skimpier than the last until her final number which she performed in the iconic bodystocking and black glittery underwear combo.
Cher is certainly a fan of embracing multiculturalism – rapidly cycling through Egyptian, Indian and African inspired set dressings and costumes.
And when it comes to themes, the diva is certainly a fan of embracing multiculturalism – rapidly cycling through Egyptian, Indian and African inspired set dressings and costumes. During one song she even rode in on a mechanical elephant while wearing a sequined sari. Was it borderline appropriation? I can’t be sure.
Concert-goers may have found themselves thinking that Cher seemed a little bit “low energy” alongside her posse of insanely skilled and peppy backup dancers, until they remembered that the woman is literally 72 years old and has just performed 16 songs back-to-back, in a bejewelled bodystocking.
Concert-goers will then feel horrendously guilty, especially when she reveals she is a 72-year-old who can still do a five minute plank.
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